Patient faces charges in death at St. Peter security hospital


A 31-year-old patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital, in St. Peter, is facing murder charges in death of another patient at the hospital.

Darnell Dee Whitefeather is accused of killing Michael Francis Douglas, 41.

The Associated Press reports that Whitefeather admitted to stomping on the victim's head possibly as many as 30 times.

Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night Whitefeather told a security counselor he wanted to see a doctor, according to MPR News. He was referred to the nursing staff and said: "How do you guys expect me not to hurt people if you don't help me?"

The MPR report cites another security counselor saying he overhead Whitefeather say he had done "something bad" and "had to get his anger out."

Police officers and medical personnel were called to the facility just before 8 p.m. after hospital staff Douglas unresponsive in his room suffering from severe head trauma.

According to the AP, Whitefeather told police he had not had any prior issues with Douglas.

MPR reports Whitefeather suffers from paranoid schizophrenia that "has severely-disordered his thought process resulting in bizarre and aggressive behaviors."

Local law enforcement, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and state health department are investigating.

The Star Tribune reported that its the first homicide at the hospital in at least three decades.

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