- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

PARIS, Maine (AP) - A Maine man charged with raping and killing his mother-in-law in front of his 6-year-old daughter was not criminally responsible for his actions because of mental illness, a judge ruled Monday.

The judge’s decision means Paul Orchard, who was using an insanity defense, will be committed to the Riverview Psychiatric Center instead of being sentenced to prison.

Orchard was previously treated for mental illness.

A mental health evaluation indicates he appeared to be having delusions, and had a history of bipolar disorder, WMTW-TV reported.

Orchard was charged with killing 57-year-old Paula Nuttall in her Peru home in 2014. Police arrived at the home to find Orchard naked and covered in polyurethane he’d been using to refinish a hardwood floor.

According to court documents, Orchard said he was on a “vapor high” and did not remember anything.

Court documents said during a 911 call for help, his daughter could be heard yelling, “Daddy, please stop it; please stop it!”

Nuttall died of cardiac arrest during strangulation and sexual assault, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

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Information from: WMTW-TV, https://www.wmtw.com

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