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Former Missouri State Professor Found Not Guilty On Charges of Killing Colleague, Mental Disease Cited

A judge in Greene County is handing down a not guilty verdict in the case against a former Missouri State University professor accused of killing a colleague.

Edward Gutting was facing charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the dead of Marc Cooper, and the assault of Cooper’s wife in 2016.

Investigators say Gutting was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia, while prosecutors argued that diagnosis had no bearing on his actions during the murder.

The judge ultimately found him not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Gutting will be remanded to Department of Mental Health for an undetermined period of time.