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Woman accused of hoarding dead dogs found not guilty

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Nannie Johnson was found not guilty by reason of mental defect. Nannie Johnson was found not guilty by reason of mental defect.

Nannie Johnson was found not guilty of animal cruelty by reason of mental defect at a hearing in Limestone County Tuesday morning.

Johnson, charged with 43 counts of animal cruelty, was accused of hoarding dozens of dead and live animals on her property.

Tuesday's hearing was to determine if she needed to be committed to a mental facility.

The prosecution and her attorney agreed previously that Johnson had a mental defect at the time of the crime brought on by a series of mini strokes.

Johnson has since been treated for that defect through the VA. A forensic psychologist testified that Johnson is now on medication and does not pose a threat to herself or the community as long as she maintains treatment.

At Tuesday's hearing, a state psychiatrist testified Johnson has been receiving treatment and medication for a severe mental disorder, that she is doing well, and does not need to be committed to a mental facility.

"We think that's a good thing. As a veteran, she suffers from mental illness, and we want her to get the treatment she needs," said Harlan Mitchell, Johnson's attorney.

"She's being allowed to return home. In the event that her medicine doesn't work, or her medical condition deteriorates, we'll be back in court," said Limestone County District Attorney, Brian Jones.

Johnson will continue her treatment through the VA. They will send a report to the Limestone County court system every 90 days.

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