We’ve been following the case of Autumn Wood, an 18-year-old from Alabama who allegedly stabbed a younger girl at a party last month. Authorities say Autumn and victim Brooklyn Hollins, 14 at the time of her death, both interfered in a fight that was occurring between two other girls in the kitchen of a house where unsupervised teenagers were drinking. Recently denied youthful offender status, Autumn has now reportedly pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Earlier this year, a judge twice denied Autum youthful offender status, which under Alabama law would have limited her sentence to three years, and prevented the release of criminal record information to the public, thus allowing Autumn employment opportunities that would normally be closed off to felons.
The insanity defense, if successful, might offer Autumn a chance to serve out her sentence at one of Alabama’s facilities for the criminally insane rather than a prison, the defense doesn’t often work. In one case of such a plea being successful in Alabama, a woman was found not guilty by reason of mental defect for reportedly hoarding dozens of dogs, many of them dead, on her property. However an Alabama football fan who poisoned Auburn University’s beloved 130-year-old oak tree was sentenced to three years in prison this week after changing his plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to guilty.