Jason Cramer verdict finds him not responsible in Gabriola Island homicide
Cramer, 40, admitted to stabbing Elaine Schwartz, 50, to death and attempting to kill her son Trevor
A man from Gabriola Island, B.C., accused of stabbing his landlady to death in August, 2011, has been found not criminally responsible.
Jason Daniel Cramer, 40, admitted to stabbing Elaine Schwartz, 50, to death and attempting to kill her son Trevor, who was 18 at the time.
A police manhunt that followed the incident had the normally peaceful Gulf Island near Nanaimo on lock-down for three days.
At the trial in April two psychiatrists testified that the accused was incapable of understanding his actions, due in part to schizophrenia and drug use.
On Monday Justice Terence Schultes issued his decision, finding Cramer not criminally responsible for the crimes.
Cramer's lawyer, Jim Wright, said the verdict was fair.
"There's going to be those that don't accept this verdict. We had a very experienced Supreme Court justice and he very carefully weighed all of the evidence and that's the verdict he came up with, and I just hope Mr. Cramer gets the help he needs."
Wright says Cramer will be now transferred to a forensic psychiatric hospital for treatment.