FLINT, MI – A 32-year-old man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the October 2021 death of his father.
Joseph Skinner III on Tuesday, Jan. 24, appeared before Genesee Circuit Judge Celeste D. Bell and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to single counts of first-degree premeditated murder, domestic violence and two counts of felony firearm.
In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed a single count of felon in possession of a firearm, because he was not found criminally responsible, court records show.
Skinner, who was being held without bond, will be transported to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline for no more than 60 days, where a treatment plan will be developed for him.
Skinner had been charged at the end of 2021 in connection with the shooting death of his father, 72-year-old Joseph Skinner Jr.
Police responded to a report of a shooting just after 7:30 a.m. Oct. 28, 2021, in the 1100 block of Knight Avenue near Corunna Road, Flint police previously said.
A man who had suffered a gunshot wound was found deceased at the scene, police said.
The suspect in the shooting, later identified as Skinner III, was almost immediately taken into custody.
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