Jury: Man who fatally stabbed tourist in Oceanside was sane at time of murder
VISTA (CNS) – A man who fatally stabbed a female tourist in an Oceanside shopping center after she refused to give him money was sane at the time of the murder, a jury determined Tuesday.
Eric Russell Andreasen, 39, was convicted earlier this month of first- degree murder, and jurors found true a special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery in the death of 54-year-old Katherine Parker.
Andreasen, who has a history of mental illness, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on April 21 by Vista Judge Aaron Katz.
The defendant would have been sent to a state mental hospital had the jury found that he was insane at the time of the April 3, 2009, killing.
In his closing argument in the sanity phase of the case, defense attorney Dan Segura told jurors that Andreasen had psychotic episodes and religious-based delusions.
Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said Andreasen was motivated by anger and was mad when the victim refused to give him money.
Parker had just walked out of a Hallmark store in a shopping area on Vista Way when Andreasen grabbed her from behind and slashed her in the face, neck and stomach with a knife. She died after being airlifted to a hospital.
Parker lived in the town of Lincoln, near Sacramento, and was in the North County to visit family when she was attacked.
The prosecution said Andreasen had a history of approaching female strangers and demanding money.