EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man who’s remained in state psychiatric hospitals since shortly after he was charged in a pastor’s 2009 shooting death has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Thirty-three-year-old Terry Sedlecek of Troy was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery after 45-year-old pastor Fred Winters was killed in the pulpit during a Sunday morning service at the First Baptist Church of Maryville.
He then stabbed two parishioners who tried to subdue him before stabbing himself in the throat.
The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office said the verdict was issued at a Thursday afternoon court hearing which Sedlacek did not attend.
Prosecutor Tom Gibbons said Sedlacek, who had no connection to the church, will remain indefinitely at an Alton mental health center.