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Thursday, February 06, 2020 5:50 pm

Demby found guilty but mentally ill in 2018 attack

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

There was no dispute about what happened April 25, 2018.

Raymond O. Demby broke into a home at 4601 Spatz Ave., attacked two women -- his ex-girlfriend and her 18-year-old daughter -- with a hammer and shot them before driving away in a stolen Pontiac Aztec.

Neither prosecutors nor defense attorney James Hanson challenged those facts, but they stayed far apart Thursday on the circumstances surrounding the events.

"From the beginning, the defendant has tried to manipulate," Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Tasha Lee told jurors on the last day of Demby's trial. "He has tried to not be responsible. It is so far beyond a reasonable doubt that this man is responsible for these crimes."

Hanson disagreed, arguing his client is mentally ill, needs help and could not tell right from wrong at the time of the attack.

"Raymond Demby is a damaged, unhealthy individual," he said. "He's a suffering individual as well."

Demby, 53, was charged with several felonies in the attack, including attempted murder, aggravated battery, burglary with serious bodily injury and battery with a deadly weapon. He relied on an insanity defense throughout the three-day trial that ended Thursday, and jurors sided with prosecutors.

They found Demby guilty but mentally ill of burglary with serious injury, aggravated battery, domestic battery with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, invasion of privacy, auto theft, resisting law enforcement and attempted murder. They also found him guilty of using a gun, and he faces up to 60 years behind bars when he is sentenced next month.

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