Anderson guilty of murder
Lamate Anderson was found guilty of the first degree murder of Yolanda Simon in Union County Superior Court.
The jury returned the verdict after deliberating for about two hours. After days of testimony,
Monroe Police responded to a home on Cripple Creek Court on the night of Feb. 28, 2010 to find Simon laying dead in a pool of blood. Her 6-year-old daughter told investigators a man came to the door and began stabbing Simon. Based on the child's description, police arrested Anderson who lived in a house across the street.
The victim's daughter, police officers, Anderson's family members and forensic psychologists took the stand to reconstruct the events leading up to the stabbing. Defense attorney Richard Culler argued that Anderson was innocent by reason of insanity. Anderson told detectives the night of the murder that voices in his head told him to kill or he would be a homosexual. Several expert witnesses testified that Anderson displayed characteristics of severe mental illness.
But prosecutors John Phillips and Earnest Collins argued that Anderson was able to respond to questions, hold conversations with family and write coherently - something difficult for someone experiencing the level of mental illness Culler claimed Anderson had.
Once the verdict was read, Judge David Lee sentenced Anderson to life in prison without parole.