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Judge rules man who killed father with hammer was insane

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Associated Press - September 22, 2007 12:45 AM ET

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A Vancouver, Washington, man will be committed indefinitely to Western State Hospital after being acquitted of second-degree murder.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett ruled today that 38-year-old Eric S. Foster was legally insane on May 2, 2006, when he fatally bludgeoned his father with a hammer.

Bennett heard testimony from two Western State doctors.

Foster will be transferred from the Clark County Jail to Western State. He'll stay in the Tacoma area hospital until a judge determines he's no longer a threat to the community and can live in a group home.

Foster lived with his father, architect Major S. Foster.

Three days before his death, Major Foster was so worried about his son's behavior that he got him to go to the Portland (Oregon) Veterans Administration Medical Center. Eric Foster checked himself out before he ever saw a doctor.

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