Schnuck's stabber not guilty by reason of insanity

Published: May. 1, 2007 at 7:38 PM CDT|Updated: May. 1, 2007 at 9:16 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former grocery store employee accused of attacking a group of co-workers during a knife-wielding rampage in Memphis was found not guilty by reason of insanity today on attempted murder charges.

Elartrice Ingram was charged with attacking nine co-workers, seven of whom were stabbed or cut, last year at a Schnucks grocery store on the outskirts of Memphis.

The attack, which spilled into the store's parking lot, ended when a bystander grabbed a handgun from his pickup truck and confronted the attacker. No shots were fired and police arrived within minutes to place Ingram under arrest.

The attack victims survived, though several were seriously hurt. Defense lawyer William Massey said Ingram was diagnosed as schizophrenic.

He has been behind bars since the attack. Ingram, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, was working a summer job at the grocery store when co-workers said he attacked them for no apparent reason.

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