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Graphic Testimony Heard For Man Charged With Mother's Brutal Death

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - A judge officially declared David Grow legally insane after the 19-year-old killed his mother in February 2013. 

During Friday's trial, Grow's attorney, Andrew Kirkpatrick, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and defended it with the medical findings from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. The prosecution had no objection. Last month, the center found Grow not criminally responsible for the death of his mother.

During testimony, Ronald Grow painted a picture of a happy family and a 27-year marriage that ended in tragedy.

Detective Joseph Merritt of the Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Department also took the stand as a first responder to the Grow family home and gave very graphic testimony. He said Robin Grow sustained multiple wounds all over her body and he described how she was mutilated with a knife. Some injuries presented were too graphic for publication.

Ronald Grow took almost two minutes to muster the strength to describe what he found after coming home from work. He pictured a horrifying scene, where he found his wife's body and his son inside their home.

Ronald said in court David was hospitalized weeks before the murder because his son said he saw demons. Doctors at the time called it a psychotic break.

David Grow will likely spend the majority of his life at the forensic center, which is a maximum security facility.

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