Rodney G. Patterson, Appellant-Defendant,
State of Indiana, Appellee-Plaintiff.
from the Delaware Circuit Court The Honorable Kimberly S.
Dowling, Judge Trial Court Cause No. 18C02-1709-F1-16
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT Jack Quirk Muncie, Indiana
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE Curtis T. Hill, Jr. Attorney General
of Indiana Ian McLean Supervising Deputy Attorney General
Rodney G. Patterson ("Patterson") was brought to
trial on several counts. At trial, Patterson pursued an
insanity defense, but the jury found him guilty but mentally
ill as to the most serious count of Attempted Murder, a Level
1 felony,  and guilty of the remaining counts tried
to it. Patterson now appeals.
Patterson presents two issues, which we restate as follows:
I. Whether his insanity defense should have prevailed; and
II. Whether the trial court committed fundamental error in
instructing the jury on the insanity defense.
and Procedural History
On the afternoon of September 1, 2017, Patterson spoke with
his apartment manager, Tony Ong ("Ong"), who lived
a couple of doors down in Muncie. Ong asked Patterson when he
would be paying rent that day, and Patterson said that he
would see what he could do. Patterson returned to his
Around 9:00 p.m., Jan Borror ("Borror"), who lived
nearby, saw Patterson wearing a closed-faced motorcycle
helmet and trench coat, standing still "like a
statue" against an exterior wall. Tr. Vol. II at 205.
Borror called Ong to tell him about Patterson's behavior.
Ong was not very concerned. About thirty minutes later, Ong
was inside his apartment when he saw Patterson wearing a
motorcycle helmet, peeking in through the storm door. Ong
nodded and waved at Patterson, who jerked away. Ong got up,
opened the door, and greeted Patterson. Patterson did not
respond and turned away. Patterson then turned back ...