Man accused of Rifle murder pleads insanity |

Man accused of Rifle murder pleads insanity

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – A western Colorado man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of his brother.

An attorney entered the plea Tuesday for 20-year-old Heath Johnston.

Johnston is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his brother, 26-year-old Sam Johnston.

Sam Johnston was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun in Rifle in December.

District Attorney Martin Beeson didn’t object to the insanity plea.

Heath Johnston was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. His next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

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