UPDATED: Court rules man should not have gotten new murder trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a Beloit man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend should not have been granted a new trial based on his insanity defense.

SUSPECT: Donyil Anderson

UPDATED Wednesday July 30, 2014 --- 8:36 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a Beloit man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend should not have been granted a new trial based on his insanity defense.

The court on Wednesday overturned a state appeals court which last year granted Donyil Anderson a new trial. He was sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 killing of Stacey Hosey.

Anderson argued on appeal that he deserved a new trial because instructions to the jury about how his mental state may have been affected by a drug he was taking to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

But in a 5-2 decision the Supreme Court disagreed.

It says an insanity defense cannot be based on the defendant arguing his mental state was caused by the taking of a prescription drug.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 30, 2014 --- 6:29 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule in a case where a Beloit man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend was granted a new trial over an insanity defense.

The court plans to issue a decision Wednesday in the case of Donyil Anderson. He was sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 killing of Stacey Hosey.

Anderson argued on appeal that he deserved a new trial because instructions to the jury about how his mental state may have been affected by a drug he was taking to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The state appeals court last year granted him a new trial and the state appealed.

The Supreme Court's decision could clarify powers an appeals court has to grant a new insanity defense trial.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Monday, August 11, 2008 --- 4:30 p.m.
Reporter: Chris Papst

A man suspected of murder in Beloit was in police custody two hours before the murder was committed.

"Mercy Clinic East and the Mercy Health System just suffered a devastating loss," said Beth Burdick who worked with murder victim Stacy Hosey. "We appreciate the time we had with Stacy and the wonderful person she was. And knowing how much the children will miss her is what is most difficult for us here."

Early Saturday morning a quiet neighborhood in Beloit was awoken when police say Donyil Anderson attacked his former girlfriend Stacy Hosey and her new boyfriend Branden Beavers-Jackson with a knife.

"When it happened it felt like our house was vibrating from the pounding," said neighbor Michael Trail who called 911. "There was a red car here and he broke the glass out of it. Not knowing what was going on it was a pretty startling thing."

According to a neighbor, after Anderson broke the glass out of the car he then broke into the house. While on the phone with 911 the neighbor could hear Hosey screaming. When they got off the phone the walked out their front door and saw that Hosey tried to escape and collapsed on their driveway.

Hosey was flown to the UW Hospital where she died. Jackson was taken to Beloit Memorial with non-life threatening injuries. Anderson was taken to the Rockford Hospital with self-inflicted wounds.

Back in 2006, Hosey and Anderson moved into their house on Pioneer Drive. Last month, Anderson was arrested for domestic abuse. He was released on bail and told not to go near Hosey. Then two hours before the murder, Anderson was in a bar fight and arrested by Janesville Police. After a court date was set he was released.

For the past three years Hosey worked at the Mercy Hospital East Clinic. She recently received a promotion to orthopedics and was ready to move on with her life after leaving Anderson.

Concluded Burdick, "She just was getting ready to start over and make a new life for herself and felling good about herself and looking forward to everyday and spending time with her kids, her daughter and little baby boy. She loved those kids to death."

Hosey had a 14-month-old with Anderson and a five-year-old with another man. The 14-month-old was in the house at the time of the stabbings, but was not hurt.

When Anderson is released from the hospital, he will be handed over to authorities. It is unknown when this will happen.

He faces first degree intentional homicide and attempted first degree intentional homicide.

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UPDATED Monday, August 11, 2008 --- 1:50 p.m.

According to the Beloit Police Department:

Investigators were able to speak with homicide suspect Donyil L. Anderson at a Rockford, IL Hospital this morning. The details of that interview are not available for release at this time. Anderson remains under police guard at the hospital.

Investigators did arrest Anderson based upon an arrest warrant issued by the Rock County District Attorney’s Office. The warrant was issued for First Degree Intentional Homicide and Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide.

Once Anderson is cleared to be released from the hospital, he will be turned over to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department in Rockford, IL pending a court appearance and subsequent extradition back to the State of Wisconsin. The exact time frame of this process has not yet been determined. This is primarily based upon Anderson’s medical condition and treatment. Anderson’s injuries were due to self-inflicted wounds.

The second victim, Brandon Beavers Jackson, is in good condition from his injuries that he sustained in the incident. The 14 month old child that was present in the home at the time of the attack is staying with relatives. The child was not physically injured during the incident.

Donyil Anderson was arrested during an altercation at a Janesville bar less than two hours prior to the incident in Beloit. He was arrested and released with a court date from that earlier incident. It is not believed that the incidents were directly related.

This incident remains under investigation.

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UPDATED: Sunday, August 10 -- 3:40pm

The suspect, Donyil Anderson, is listed in serious condition Sunday afternoon at a Rockford, Illinois hospital.

Police are still not saying what led to Saturday's attacks. More information is expected to be released Monday.

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POSTED: Saturday, August 9 --- 12:10pm

From the Beloit Police Department:

The Beloit Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation which occurred in the 2300 block of Pioneer Dr. The incident was reported at about 3:37am on 8/9/08.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect, Donyil L. Anderson, stabbed Stacy M. Hosey and Branden D. Beavers-Jackson each multiple times. Anderson also sustained self-inflicted wounds.

Stacy M. Hosey W/F, DOB 4/9/77, was flown to a Madison hospital where she later died from her injuries. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Branden D. Beavers-Jackson, B/M, DOB 10/20/84, has been admitted to Beloit Memorial Hospital in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Donyil L. Anderson, B/M, DOB 6/15/73, was transported to a Rockford hospital. He is in critical condition and under Police guard at this time.

Beloit Police Department Detectives and Evidence Technicians continue to investigate the incident.

Additional information will be available on Monday.


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