Morgan Co. DA wants confessed killer back in mental hospital

MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Morgan County District Attorney wants an admitted killer back at a state mental hospital.

A hearing was scheduled Friday where a judge could have decided on the issue, but the hearing did not go as planned.

After Scotty Smallwood stabbed and killed his wife, Karen, at their Somerville home in 1996, he confessed to the crime. The state determined he was mentally ill, and the judge accepted a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease of defect.

Smallwood was placed in the Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility. Eventually, he was allowed to live in group homes. In May, he was allowed to live with his family.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Matthews said Smallwood has not been taking his medication, has been drinking, and suffers from delusional paranoia. Smallwood's defense attorney did not show up for the hearing.

For now, Smallwood is being held in the Morgan County Jail. Judge Steven Haddock will reschedule the hearing.

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