BEND, OR -- A former Central Oregon Community College student was convicted, Tuesday, for trying to kill his roommate. A Deschutes County jury returned a 10-2 verdict of guilty except for insanity of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
On Halloween 2014, Eric Norgaard, who is now 24, stabbed James Briles 14 times in their on-campus dorm. Briles is now 20. The prosecution and defense agreed Norgaard suffered from a mental disease and that he committed the crime. The jury had to decide whether his mental illness prevented him from following the law.
Following the verdict, the Deschutes County District Attorney issued a statement:
"This case presented complex, emotional and difficult evidence for the jury to process and analyze. Their attention to detail and service to our community are appreciated." D.A. John Hummel went on to express sympathy for the victim, "What James experienced two years ago on Halloween night was horrific."
Norgaard is scheduled to be back in court Monday for a hearing to determine when further mental health evaluations will take place.