A Texas woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2003 drowning of her two daughters is now mentally stable and can leave a state hospital, a judge ruled Thursday. State District Judge Mark Rusch signed the order releasing Lisa Ann Diaz from Big Spring State Hospital in West Texas after a little more than two years, reports the Dallas Morning News. A jury decided in August 2004 that Ms. Diaz did not know it was wrong to drown her two young daughters. She had been suffering from psychotic delusions and thought she was being merciful by killing them.
Doctors at the hospital recommended her release. The district attorney’s office opposed it. “Given Ms. Diaz’s apparent swift recovery, Judge Rusch had no choice but to release her from the state hospital,” prosecutor Greg Davis said. “Today’s decision underscores the need to reform the insanity defense so that intentional killers are held accountable for their actions and don’t return to our communities.” Many prosecutors believe that defendants should be found guilty but insane. Ms. Diaz will live with a relative while going to outpatient treatment.