Court Sends Man Accused Of Destroying Monument To Mental Hospital

May 31, 2018

Workers pick up the remains of the Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol on June 28, 2017, hours it was destroyed by Reed.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The man accused of destroying a Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas state Capitol has been acquitted of a felony charge by a judge who cited evidence of a mental disease or defect.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said Thursday that Michael Tate Reed must report to the state hospital in Little Rock for additional evaluations that could lead to his release.

A state hospital evaluation presented in court Thursday says Reed lacked the capacity to follow the law when he knocked over the 6,000-pound (2,700-kilogram) monument in June 2017. A replacement monument now stands in its place, protected by four concrete posts.

Reed was also accused of destroying a similar monument in Oklahoma City, but Oklahoma prosecutors didn't charge him after concerns were raised about his mental health.