A first-degree murder charge against a Sedalia man was dropped after a Boone County prosecutor accepted his insanity plea. Rudy Perez, 33, was charged in the Feb. 1 fatal beating of Robert Hill, 78, at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia. Hill was a hospital patient. Perez was admitted to the hospital on a 96-hour involuntary commitment, according to court records.
Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler sentenced Perez to a maximum security mental facility at Fulton State Hospital on Monday. The decisions came after a second doctor diagnosed Perez with schizophrenia. Prosecutor Dan Knight said Perez had a history of hallucinations and paranoid delusions dating back to 1999.