- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa judge has ordered more evaluations of an 18-year-old who earlier this year was found not guilty of killing his 5-year-old foster brother after testifying that he had powerful fantasies and thought he was killing a goblin.

In an order this month, Judge Kathleen Kilnoski said Cody Metzker-Madsen “poses a great danger to others, and indirectly to himself, because of his limited functioning and mood instability,” according to The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1HG2p5X ).

Metzker-Madsen was found not guilty by reason of insanity in November in the death of Dominic Elkins, who was attacked in August 2013 while the two played alone on their foster parents’ rural property in western Iowa. The boy’s body was found at the bottom of a ravine.

Metzker-Madsen testified that he thought he was in a fantasy world that day and saw an army of “green, ugly little creatures.” He said the goblins were fighting people he knew and that he didn’t know it was Dominic when he pushed his head into the water while hitting him with a brick.

Metzker-Madsen was taken to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville after the verdict for a psychiatric evaluation, as required by state law. A psychiatrist diagnosed him as having an unspecified psychotic disorder, Kilnoski wrote in her Dec. 4 order. The psychiatrist also diagnosed Metzker-Madsen with oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder, both of which experts say can cause violent temper tantrums and aggression.

Iowa law requires Metzker-Madsen to remain in state custody until a judge rules he is no longer a danger to himself or others. Kilnoski said Metzker-Madsen “will need lifelong monitoring and structure to help minimize his risk to the public and to himself.”

Kilnoski ordered another evaluation that will be submitted next month and then evaluations every 60 days. He will remain at the Coralville facility for now.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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