Man accused of killing his father pleads guilty

Opening statements begin today in the murder trial of Leroy Smith III, accused of killing his father in 2014.

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The man accused of killing his father, and dismembering his body, now says he's guilty.

Leroy Smith III was in court in Augusta Monday morning.

This murder case was supposed to go to trial. In fact, a jury was selected last week and was at the courthouse.

Just a few minutes after Leroy Smith was brought in, CBS 13 learned there was a plea deal.

Smith pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in the death of his father in May 2014.

Police say he stabbed his father multiple times.

The judge found Smith not criminally responsible because he was insane at the time of the crime.

Smith was the first person in the state to be ordered to take medication to restore his competency so his case could go to court.

The prosecutor says there's no evidence Smith's father was trying to kill him.

Prosecutors say they accepted the manslaughter plea because the result is the same.

Smith was ordered into the custody of DHHS, and will be at the state's psychiatric hospital for an undetermined amount of time, until he's no longer a danger to himself or others.

The judge says that could be for the rest of his life.

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