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.READ MORE: 2nd Former Aide Accuses Gov. Andrew Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment, Governor Requests Independent Review
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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.MORE NEWS: Power Restored To Co-Op City After Elderly Woman Collapsed, Died Climbing Stairs To Apartment During Outage
He was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years to life. He’s been denied parole nine times.