SANTA ANA (CBS) — A Tustin man who once claimed to be the future king of England was likely headed for a mental institution on Thursday after a jury declared him legally insane.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports the verdict comes one week after Craig Christopher Rolle was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his stepmother.

Eyewitness testimony in Superior Court showed that Rolle, 24, blamed his mental problems on his father Craig Kenney and new stepmother, Tabea, 24, who he stabbed to death in 2008 at her Tustin apartment.

“She opens the door, when she sees it’s him, she tries to shut the door, and he shoulders it, forces the door open, and then stabs her 67 times and then takes off out the back door,” said Orange County prosecutor Scott Simmons.

Rolle suffered from a range of mental health issues, including paranoid schizophrenia, which prosecutors blamed for his claims to be the prince of Wales and that his father and stepmother were “out to kill him”.

Assistant Public Defender Robert Knox said Rolle did not understand the trial or the verdict and instead wanted to discuss trains.

Rolle may spend the rest of his life in a mental institution pending a hearing on April 20.

Comments (4)
  1. Greg says:

    Had psychiatrists and pyschologists done their jobs, he would’ve been committed BEFORE he killed anyone.

  2. Riley says:

    This is the most ignorant, uninformed, poorly written article I HAVE EVER READ!! Titling the article “Prince of Wales” Declared Insane–is the most disgusting title you could have chosen. How about calling him “Mentally Ill” instead of throwing his delusions in the face of the world. I have a family member who is Paranoid Schizophrenic and his delusions might be “funny” to the rest of the world, but I watched my brother turn into a fearful man because of his delusions and they are NOT funny. Delusions do not describe a man!! HOW dare you.

    And there are always warning signs with young men like this who need help and are begging for help, but unfortunately OUR SYSTEM IS PREVENTING THEM and THEIR FAMILIES FROM GETTING THEM HELP! So, I highly suggest before you go gallivanting around making fun of people who are vulnerable and seriously sick, that you look in the mirror and realize what are you doing to get these people help? Because most likely you are doing nothing except making ridiculous articles with disgusting titles and making the stigma on mental illness even worse.

    The system is not working for the people who are severely ill. I am not making excuses for this young man. I am saying that if he had received appropriate treatment before, then he would have never gotten this bad! We warn the people about how sick these mentally ill are, but the system will only respond to an incident instead of being preventative. We can prevent issues like this if we allow these individuals the appropriate treatment. We can only blame ourselves for individuals who get this bad.

    1. Scaley MacKerel says:

      You’re crazy!

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