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Logan Dyjak acquitted in grandmother's stabbing death due to mental illness

10:50 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
Logan D. Dyjak.
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Belleville, IL (KSDK) - A Belleville man has been found not guilty by reason of mental illness in the June 2008 stabbing death of his grandmother, who was killed shortly after returning home from a hospital following a stroke.

25 year old Logan Dyjak was acquitted of first degree murder during a bench trial Tuesday in St. Clair County Court.

Dyjak was charged with attacking and fatally stabbing 66 year old Judith Bauer inside her home.  Investigators say Dyjak went to his grandmother's home, attacked her, and stabbed her in the throat before leaving the house and making his way to other family members where he planned a similar attack.

Dyjak's journey was halted by police who found the grandmother's body in the 300 block of Las Olas Drive and went searching for the grandson.

St. Clair County Assistant States Attorney Steve Sallerson told NewsChannel 5, two different medical experts agreed the diagnosis presented into evidence that Dyjak was mentally ill.

He's been remanded to the Illinois Department of Health Services where he'll be provided care and treatment until a time where he's deemed fit to return to society.

 

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