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Due to insanity, Castaic man found not guilty of strangling stepfather

Posted: December 18, 2012 6:55 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2012 6:52 p.m.
 

A Castaic man who strangled his stepfather while the two were traveling on Interstate 5 was determined to be not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday, a court official confirmed.

Harris Denver Evans, now 25, of Rocca Drive, was charged with murder and attempted murder in the 2011 death of Robert Gallion, 39, of Burbank, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office complaint.

On Tuesday, he appeared in San Fernando Superior Court where he was found to have been responsible for the act that ultimately led to the death of his stepfather, but not guilty because he was insane at the time he did it, a court ruled.

Gallion was driving northbound on Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard on Jan. 14, 2011, when Evans allegedly grabbed him by the neck, choking him, according to sheriff’s reports issued at the time of the incident.

Gallion drove the car off the freeway, crashing it.

Evans got out of the car and walked away but was arrested by deputies about two hours later, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking log.

Gallion, meanwhile, regained consciousness after paramedics performed CPR and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said at the time.

On Jan. 25, 2011, 11 days after he was assaulted, Gallion died in the hospital.

A medical examination revealed he suffered a brain hemorrhage, according to the coroner.

Since his arrest, Evans has appeared in front of a judge almost monthly. He was held on $1.02 million bail.

Last month, he was ordered to undergo a mental competency assessment to determine if he was sane or insane at the time of the offense.

jholt@signalscv.news
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