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Judge rules Morgan Arnold can plead insanity in father's death
Judge rules Morgan Arnold can plead insanity in father's death

A Howard County judge ruled Wednesday that a teenager accused in her father's killing can plead not criminally responsible by reason of insanity, reversing his earlier decision that her plea was not filed on time. Sixteen-year-old Morgan Lane Arnold's lawyers say the girl's mental health is central to their case. Arnold is accused of conspiring last year with her boyfriend to fatally stab her father, Dennis Lane, of Ellicott City. Her trial is scheduled for February. But prosecutors said that as legal proceedings drag out, Arnold is changing her story to fit the legal definition of "not criminally responsible," which means a defendant cannot be held accountable...

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