IN DEPTH: Was Insanity Case Justified in Attempted Murder Case?

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/23/14 @ 11:19 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- On a hot, muggy July day, everything seemed calm Wednesday in South Hills.

However, nearly one year ago, the streets were occupied not by bikes, but by police cars

"I told her get inside, in the inner room, and lay down on the floor because you never know from which side the bullet can come," said Bhu Pinder Gill, recalling a conversation with his wife.

Gill and his wife will never forget Aug. 12, 2013, a day when the man next door, Mark Bramble, opened fire on Cornwall Lane.

"You trust your neighbor, and then something suddenly goes wrong and you feel for your life," Gill said.

Fast forward and now Bramble has been set free. He is facing no more charges and more no jail time. The reason is insanity.

For some members of area law enforcement who risked their lives, it's a frustrating outcome.

"No system is going to be perfect, but you trust the system as much as you can," said Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Humphreys acknowledges the sheriff department's job is strictly to restore order. After that, the ruling lies in the courts.

It was there that three doctors determined Bramble was mentally non-responsible for his actions, thanks to a continual overuse of Unisom, a prescribed sleep aid.

"It actually made him distort reality," said Dr. David Clayman. "He was hallucinating. He was not in control of his own behavior."

Clayman highlights these circumstances are rare.

"This is my seventh insanity plea in about 3,000 cases," said Clayman.

They're also not to be taken lightly by others.

"When someone is drunk or using drugs and they just make bad judgments or they become more impulsive, that's not an insanity plea," Clayman said.

In the end, it goes back to trust; by a neighbor, by law enforcement, and by the public.

ORIGINAL STORY 7/22/14 @ 10:48 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All charges against a Charleston attorney in an attempted murder case have been dropped, according to information from the state Supreme Court.

Mark Bramble was accused of firing shots at police during a standoff at his home last August.

The charges against Bramble were dropped with prejudice, meaning they can not be filed again.

According to the order filed Tuesday in court, doctors found Bramble "not criminally responsible."

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