defending himself from "government droids"
Man Who Claimed He Was Attacking 'droids' Held for Trial in Bludgeoning of Parents
The Associated Press
Published: Apr 15, 2003
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A man who told police he was defending himself from "government droids" was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges of beating his parents to death with a baseball bat.
Daniel Opdenhoff, 24, is accused of killing his parents, William Opdenhoff, 56, and his wife, Georgeann, 54, in their home Oct. 19.
Public defender Deborah Lux had asked the judge to commit Opdenhoff to a mental health facility, saying he had been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic and he was suffering from delusions when the attack occurred. The judge rejected her request.
State College police Detective R.W. Ralston testified that Opdenhoff told him he was defending himself from "droids," human replicas that tried to manipulate him. When shown pictures of his parents' bodies, Opdenhoff appeared to faint.
The robbery and theft charges stem from Opdenhoff's alleged use of his parents' ATM cards. Police tracked those withdrawals from State College to Philadelphia to New York, where he was arrested several days after his parents were killed.
Opdenhoff has spent much of the time since his arrest in a state mental hospital. Prosecutors have promised to seek a prison term, not the death penalty.
time to take a roll call on the tinfoil hat crew here