Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Man Who Says He Killed to Save Souls Is Found Not Criminally Responsible

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Man Who Says He Killed to Save Souls Is Found Not Criminally Responsible

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B.C. man not criminally responsible in murder

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NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - A man who confessed to killing the house manager at an addiction treatment centre New Westminster, B.C., has been found not criminally responsible for the death because of a mental disorder.

Steven Rogers was charged with second-degree murder shortly after 38-year-old Jason Collett was killed with a hammer and knife on Sept. 16, 2014.

Three psychiatrists gave evidence at his B.C. Supreme Court trial in New Westminster in February that Rogers was in a state of psychosis when he killed Collett because of underlying mental disorder.

The trial heard that Rogers told police days after the murder that he believed he was guided by something and in order to save Collett's soul and the souls of everyone else, he had until 2:26 a. …

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