(AP) -- A judge in central Illinois says a Kansas man is not guilty
of murdering his cousin by reason of insanity.
Champaign County Circuit
Judge Heidi Ladd ruled Monday that 69-year-old Gerard James fatally shot Harlan
James of Champaign
but was too mentally ill at the time to appreciate "the criminality of his
conduct." She scheduled a Dec. 20 hearing to re-evaluate his mental
The shooting occurred in
a corn field near Mahomet in October 2011 when Harlan James stopped by the
field to say hello to his cousins. Gerard James is a Lawrence,
Kan., resident who visited Champaign County
for the spring planting and fall harvest.
According to a
psychiatrist's report, Gerard James had a paranoid delusion that his cousin was
a serial killer.