WCBS 880's 50th Anniversary Takes A Look Back

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – In January 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murdering John Lennon.

WCBS reporter Irene Cornell remembers covering the high-profile trial.

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“His first lawyer who brought him to court very shortly after the murder summed it all up when he said, ‘this guy is nutty as a fruitcake,’” she says.

The dozen psychiatrists and psychologists who interviewed Chapman over the next three years agreed.

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He was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years to life. He’s been denied parole nine times.