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Stephen Coffeen: 'Red Bull Killer' Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity, Will Receive No Jail Time
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Posted on 06/10/2011 2:02:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A man who admits he killed his own father will see no jail time after a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

An expert has said drinking Red Bull was one of the things that led to the crime.

Stephen Coffeen admits he smothered his father Robert with a couch cushion two years ago. He originally claimed was he was defending himself.

His defense Wednesday was temporary insanity.

And Wednesday, Judge Nancy Moate Ley accepted a deal worked out between his lawyers and the State Attorney's Office. Under the deal, in six months, Stephen Coffeen could go free.

"The defendant is found not guilty by reason of insanity due to mental illness," Judge Ley said, after explaining she had no choice but to send him to a mental hospital instead of putting him on trial.

Instead of going before a jury, Coffeen will be sent to an institution in the Panhandle.

He'll be evaluated there, and six months from now if he's found to be mentally healthy, he could be released.

The judge said she had never seen it before.

Four doctors -- two hired by prosecutors, two by the defense -- all agreed: Stephen Coffeen lost touch with reality and was legally insane when he suffocated his elderly father.

The experts and all of the attorneys involved came to the conclusion that at the time, Coffeen could not tell right from wrong. And under the law, that means he can't be punished for a crime.

Stephen's brother Thomas found their father's body. He says Stephen knew just what he was doing. Thomas pushed for a murder trial.

"This is not justice. Justice has not been done today," Thomas said, standing outside the Pinellas County Courthouse with a despondent look on his face as his wife sobbed nearby.

The judge said she considered every point he brought up, but after reading the doctors' private medical reports, she said the insanity case is remarkably clear-cut.

"I have spent many many hours on this case. Reviewing it, thinking about it, considering it, looking at case law. And I have determined that I have no choice, because it is also my duty to follow the law," Ley said.

Thomas says his brother Stephen was jealous of his success -- and that led Stephen to plan the murder of their father, 83-year old Robert Coffeen, in St. Petersburg in 2009.

Thomas says he's worried if Stephen is released, Stephen will come after him and his family.

Stephen Coffeen will now head to Florida State Hospital, a mental hospital in Chattahoochee, northwest of Tallahassee and near the Georgia state line.

The doctors' reports in the case are medical records and can only be released with Stephen Coffeen's consent.

His attorneys say the killing was a momentary snap and that their client is already mentally well, which is a sign they may ask the judge to release him at his next hearing in December.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: floriduh; legal; napl; twinkie

1 posted on 06/10/2011 2:02:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

His name is Coffleen? That has to be made up?


2 posted on 06/10/2011 2:03:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Judge Nancy Moate Ley. Another dumbass judge.


3 posted on 06/10/2011 2:13:41 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

It’s the Twinkie defense all over again.


4 posted on 06/10/2011 2:13:44 PM PDT by ninergold3 (Let Go and Let God - He IS In Control)
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To: nickcarraway

If the doctors can prove that Red Bull caused a brain imbalance, then that is something the public should be made aware of.


5 posted on 06/10/2011 2:24:51 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Since the murder and the trial are public knowledge they should redact the medical records and release the part of them that demonstrate the insanity.


6 posted on 06/10/2011 2:26:06 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: nickcarraway

Sheesh, I drink about eighty dollars worth of Red Bull a week. Somehow, I’ve managed not to kill anyone. I can’t believe this defense and outcome.


7 posted on 06/10/2011 2:26:52 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: nickcarraway
Media reports would have you believe that “energy drinks” contain massive amounts of caffeine. Most don't (and all contain less than a Starbucks Grande coffee). Red Bull has no more caffeine than a small can of Coke. It has about 1/2 as much as an ordinary cup of coffee.

None of the ingredients in Red Bull are capable of causing a psychotic break.

Here's a site with a pretty comprehensive chart of the caffeine content of a wide variety of drinks:

http://www.cspinet.org/new/cafchart.htm

8 posted on 06/10/2011 2:30:14 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA; nickcarraway

What’s scary is that potential killers may catch on to this result and prepare a defense. Some man wants to kill his wife? Down some cans of Redbull or other energy drink, commit the murder, then claim the drinks drove them ‘insane’ instead of evil.


9 posted on 06/10/2011 2:36:19 PM PDT by 92nina
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To: nickcarraway
The doctors' reports in the case are medical records and can only be released with Stephen Coffeen's consent.

Florida is one f*ed up state. In any normal venue, independent evaluations for an insanity defense are evidence, not "medical records," are available to both sides, and are a part of the trial record.

By requesting these evaluations, the defendant is the one putting them in the record, and thus waives all claims of confidentiality.

That's in a sane jurisdiction, of which this idiot judge's is obviously not one.

10 posted on 06/10/2011 3:36:42 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: DannyTN
The doctors cannot prove any such thing, but they don't have to. The standard of "medical certainty" is 51% certain. That means the doctors concede there is a 49% chance they are full of shit. But they get paid big big bucks for these evals, regardless of how the chips fall in the end.
11 posted on 06/10/2011 3:39:25 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: nickcarraway; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
o/~ Oh he's just an Excitable Boy... o/~


12 posted on 06/10/2011 4:55:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

If he were my brother, I would take the next six months to sell everything and get myself and my family somewhere that he would never see us again.


13 posted on 06/10/2011 7:34:45 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Freepmail me to get on or off the ZOT Lightning ping list.)
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To: nickcarraway
The money quote: "His attorneys say the killing was a momentary snap and that their client is already mentally well, which is a sign they may ask the judge to release him at his next hearing in December."

tragic

14 posted on 06/10/2011 8:29:26 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: TheOldLady

There’s a lot going for that plan.


15 posted on 06/10/2011 9:00:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Always wondered: If subject client momentarily snaps and kills these attorneys after opening the bill for his defense services, is the client considered fully rehabilitated?


16 posted on 06/10/2011 9:59:14 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Insufficient evidence - sic him on a few more lawyers to be sure.


17 posted on 06/10/2011 10:05:47 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway
An expert has said drinking Red Bull was one of the things that led to the crime.

Yeah, Red Bull does the same thing to me all the time.

Gives me heartburn, too.

18 posted on 06/10/2011 10:11:31 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: nickcarraway
An expert has said drinking Red Bull was one of the things that led to the crime.

It supposedly makes you want to jump out of airplanes without a chute and jump down Chinese sinkholes with a chute.

19 posted on 06/10/2011 10:29:59 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Slings and Arrows

OTOH, maybe he’s a good boy who’s just beginning the process of turning his life around...


20 posted on 06/11/2011 5:56:04 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Freepmail me to get on or off the ZOT Lightning ping list.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Thomas says his brother Stephen was jealous of his success — and that led Stephen to plan the murder of their father, 83-year old Robert Coffeen, in St. Petersburg in 2009.”

HOW can the judge ‘find’ Stephen MENTALLY INCOMPETENT if he PLANNED the murder?


“The doctors’ reports in the case are medical records and can only be released with Stephen Coffeen’s consent.”

BUT.... Stephen was judged mentally incompetent, and therefore must have someone else appointed to make the decision on whether to release any records.


This case, like many other things going on lately, makes me suspect that the RAPTURE occurred long ago, and we are all living in a virtual HELL.


21 posted on 06/11/2011 6:38:27 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: nickcarraway

“His attorneys say the killing was a momentary snap and that their client is already mentally well,”

... having made a miraculous recovery just moments after the judge issued her ruling.


22 posted on 06/11/2011 6:39:55 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: DannyTN
If the doctors can prove that Red Bull caused a brain imbalance, then that is something the public should be made aware of.

It is scheduled to be recalled, right after the identical airframes to the TWA FLIGHT 800 are recalled.

23 posted on 06/11/2011 6:42:37 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: ninergold3
It’s the Twinkie defense all over again.

"I'd kill for a Twinkie"


24 posted on 06/11/2011 6:45:12 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: nickcarraway

“The judge said she had never seen it before. “

Seen what? A trial? Fair Justice? A Red Bull? A lame insanity excuse for murder?


25 posted on 06/11/2011 6:46:50 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: DannyTN
If the doctors can prove that Red Bull caused a brain imbalance

"The doctor says I have a BRAIN CLOUD."


26 posted on 06/11/2011 6:48:56 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: TheOldLady

*chuckle* Oh, G-d!


27 posted on 06/11/2011 7:26:41 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
*chuckle* Oh, G-d!

Wut. Wut?

28 posted on 06/11/2011 8:00:25 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Freepmail me to get on or off the ZOT Lightning ping list.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hmmmm.....the Red Bull defense.

If I were someone who wanted to do a deadly deed, I think an investment in a case of Red Bull would be prudent.


29 posted on 06/12/2011 12:17:09 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery will always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: dixiechick2000
If I were someone who wanted to do a deadly deed, I think an investment in a case of Red Bull would be prudent.

Those wings could be mighty handy.

30 posted on 06/12/2011 12:29:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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