CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) — A Monroe, NC man charged in the shooting death of a teen and the attempted murder of his father will not face jail time, according to officials.
Donald Paul Malick III was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday in Caldwell County Superior Court, according to District Attorney David Learner.
Malick, 23, of Monroe, was charged with murder for the April 2010 shooting death of 19-year-old Casey Marie Moore, attempted murder for shooting his father, Donald Malick II, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Malick, who was 16 at the time, was visiting his father when an altercation led him to shoot his dad, according to authorities. When Moore, the daughter of his father’s girlfriend, reached for the phone to call 911, Malick shot and killed her, police said.
According to a release from Catawba County Justice Center, Malick had a significant history of mental illness and had four psychiatric hospitalizations prior to the date of the offense.
Malick will be admitted to a locked state mental hospital forensic unit for some undetermined period. His mental status will be reviewed as provided by law, and he may eventually qualify for release if the doctors find that he meets specific criteria as provided by statute.