Man found not criminally responsible of attempted murder in attack on wife

THE BALTIMORE SUN

An Annapolis man who crashed his car in an apparent attempt to kill his wife has been found guilty - but not criminally responsible - on one count of attempted second-degree murder.

Douglas D. Lund, 36, of the first block of Colonial Ave. was charged in the Sept. 7, 1999, incident in which police said he banged his wife's head into the pavement after he intentionally released her seat belt and crashed their car into a metal fence and barrier near the State House.

He carried his wife, Amy, toward the College Creek Bridge and put her on the grass before flagging down a vehicle for help, police said.

Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck found Douglas Lund guilty Thursday and, based on the opinion of two doctors, competent to stand trial, but not criminally responsible for the assault - the equivalent of an insanity ruling.

The judge committed him to the state's Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center for the criminally insane for evaluation to determine whether he should remain under treatment there or be set free. He has been receiving inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson since his arrest.

Amy Lund, who suffered a broken back, a broken collarbone, a black eye, and cuts and bruises, filed for divorce Feb. 25 and filed a civil suit Sept. 6 seeking $30 million in damages. Both cases are pending.

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