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Originally published Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 1:02 PM

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Judge says Vancouver murder suspect was insane

A judge has decided that a Vancouver man was legally insane when he stabbed his sister to death.

The Associated Press

VANCOUVER, Wash. —

A judge has decided that a Vancouver man was legally insane when he stabbed his sister to death.

Michael Schuurmans believed he was God and his sister was Satan's spawn when he killed 53-year-old Shirry L. Dohman-Rice in February of last year at the Vancouver home they shared with their mother.

The Columbian reports Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis ruled at Tuesday's hearing that Schuurmans had a psychotic lapse.

The 48-year-old was charged with murder. Another court hearing is set for March 22 to decide whether he'll be committed to Western State Hospital.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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