Man in murder case who pulled out his eye committed to psych hospital

A man charged with murder who removed one of his eyes from its socket while he was in jail has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Aqeel Watson, 43, could be held at a state psychiatric facility for the rest of his life, officials said. 

In a March 30 order, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Alison Hatheway accepted a psychiatric report and found “by clear and convincing evidence that (Watson) is mentally ill.”

Hatheway committed Watson to Summit Behavioral Healthcare, a psychiatric hospital in Roselawn. Because he faced a life prison sentence had he been convicted of the most serious charge he faced, aggravated murder, he will remain under the court’s jurisdiction for life. A judge will review his case periodically.

A spokeswoman for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office said the facility was the least restrictive means available that also keeps the community safe.

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