- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Court supervision ended for a man who fatally shot a Tulsa postal worker in December 2001, after he completed eight years of federal supervision ordered upon his release from a medical facility in 2005.

U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern said the law doesn’t allow him to keep Jason Weed under supervision without evidence that he needs psychiatric treatment or threatens public safety, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1r8JYmg ) reported. Kern ordered Weed’s release from supervision at a court hearing Tuesday.

Weed was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of 30-year-old Robert Jenkins while he was delivering mail. Weed fired his gun into the air before his arrest and told officers he was Santa Claus. Weed agreed with prosecutors that he committed second-degree murder.

His public defender, Julia O’Connell, said Weed suffered a “brief psychotic episode” and isn’t a threat to public safety. She said Weed had proven stability since he got married and found a steady job.

Jeanne Been, Jenkins’ mother, said she doesn’t understand how Weed overcame his illness so quickly after he “decided to go on a shooting rampage.” She thinks it’s unfair he was able to avoid prison time and is no longer considered insane.

Medical experts determined Weed was insane at the time of the slaying because he was “unable to appreciate the nature, quality or wrongfulness of his actions during the time period of the offense.” Since then, he hasn’t had any issues with psychosis or mental illness, according to O’Connell.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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