- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Dinwiddie County man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the slayings of two Chesterfield County women.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1Lht0xN) reports a Chesterfield Circuit judge ruled Monday that 26-year-old Herbert C. Bland Jr. lacked the ability to know the nature and consequences of his actions.

Bland faces a December hearing to determine his mental health treatment.

Bland was charged in the January 2013 shooting deaths of 65-year-old Barbara Fassett and her daughter, 42-year-old Elizabeth Fassett, who was Bland’s ex-girlfriend. A psychologist who evaluated Bland said Bland believed Elizabeth Fassett was involved in witchcraft and was plotting against him.

Bland’s father was later shot to death at his Dinwiddie County home. A prosecutor says she plans to seek a murder indictment against Bland in his father’s death.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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