Man who killed grandmother ruled insane

Man who killed grandmother ruled insane »Play Video
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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Adam Williams made his final appearance before a judge and his family.
He is no longer considered an immediate threat. He was allowed to sit with his lawyer.

That was not the case back in January when he was considered so dangerous, he was confined to the jury box in the courtroom. 

His attorney, Sal Mendoza asked Williams, "Do you feel that you are competent to stand trial?  Williams replied, "Yes, sir."

Still, he won't.  The 29-year old confessed to police how God had sent him a guiding light with angels, directing him to kill Viola Williams, his 87-year old grandmother.

In court documents Williams offered a graphic account of her final moments. He said he punched the elderly woman, suffocated her and eventually stabbed her. At the time, Williams called himself "Lucifer Grand Am Dynasty."

After months of psychiatric treatment doctors determined Williams did not know right from wrong at the time of the crime. Through therapy he's made some progress.

Williams told the court, "Um they help me understand how a well, how a, how a courtroom works and the judge's job and the jury."

He sat, mostly silent, as the judge announced he was not guilty by reason of insanity.

KEPR spoke to the Williams family moments after they left the courtroom. While they declined an on-camera interview they did tell us that they were glad this was all over. It's been a very tough year for the family and they're just hoping to move on."

Williams will spend the rest of his life in a state mental facility. The only chance he has to be released is if he asks the court to overturn its decision. He will then have to go through the trial process on first degree murder charges.

Williams first got in trouble with the law when he was just 14. He also had a prior offense in which he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent five years at Eastern State Hospital.