Appeal Denied for Webster Man Convicted of Murder

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 at 6:04 am

The Wisconsin court of appeals rejected an appeal from a Webster man convicted of first degree murder.

Clint Mosay argued that his actions were caused by mental disease and he lacked the substantial capacity at the time of the July 17, 2005 murder of Ranell Johnson.

Mosay stabbed and killed Johnson in a van.  He also stabbed his mother who survived the attack.

The circuit court determined Mosay suffered from a mental illness at the time of the homicide, but found Mosay failed to substantiate his defense because “his condition was temporary and was the product of his voluntary ingestion of drugs.” Mosay claims the circuit court erred when it determined Mosay’s voluntary ingestion of drugs barred his defense.

According to Wisconsin Statute, a person is not criminally responsible “if … as a result of mental disease or defect the person lacked substantial capacity [at the time of the criminal act] either to appreciate the wrongfulness of his or her conduct or conform his or her conduct to the requirements of law.”

According to the court of appeals ruling, all experts agree Mosay was under a methamphetamine-produced psychosis at the time of the homicide, and there is no doubt Mosay’s acts directly resulted from his voluntary consumption of methamphetamine.

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