Treatment of Garett to stay same

A 36-year-old man found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of a Hastings man in 2004 will spend another year at Lincoln Regional Center.

Jayson Garett had an annual review of his case Tuesday in Adams County District Court and a judge ordered that he remain at the regional center.
Garett was committed to the Lincoln Regional Center in June 2006, after killing 45-year-old Daryl Peed on March 27, 2004.

Garett walked across town naked, which he believed made him invisible, and broke into Peed's home at 609 S. Lexington Ave. Peed lived alone and was asleep on his couch wearing earplugs. Garett stabbed Peed 45 times — mostly with a 3.5-inch serrated steak knife.
After killing Peed, Garett went to sleep in Peed's bed. When he woke up a few hours later, he reportedly put on Peed's clothes and left the house, before being arrested by police for a prior incident.

Peed's body was found the following day. Investigators said the two men were strangers.
Adams County District Judge Terri Harder found Garett not guilty by reason of insanity on Jan. 20, 2006, based on reports from two psychiatrists that indicated Garett suffers from a bipolar disorder and was in a manic phase during the incident.

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