The Insanity Plea Leonard Smith was represented in the case by veteran defense attorney Nick Thiros.Thiros tried to get his client out on bail, and after that failed, Smith entered a plea of innocent by reason of insanity.Leonard Smith claimed at jury trial in July 1979 a jealous rage caused him to blackout when he saw Bostock in the backseat with Barbara Smith.
Leonard Smith, a 32-year-old unemployed Gary steelworker, was arrested by Gary police at his apartment on charges of murder and attempted murder.
By then the state had changed the state's law to allow judges and juries to reach a fourth verdict: "guilty but mentally ill." A defendant found guilty but mentally ill would receive psychiatric treatment and, upon recovery, would serve out a prison sentence rather than be released.
The idea for a fourth plea option was introduced to the legislature in the spring of 1980 by Rep.
Under the state's criminal laws, a person found not guilty by reason of insanity is to be placed in a mental institution until he is judged able to function normally in the community.
Six months after the jury's verdict, Smith was freed from the Logansport State Mental Hospital, where three psychiatrists determined he was no longer mentally ill or in need of further treatment.
John told the jury during one of his mother's trials that he drank alcohol and smoked marijuana by himself the night before he murdered his step-grandmother.