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Published March 22 2012

Man pleads temporary insanity in Oil Patch homicide

MINOT, N.D. – A Texas man accused of killing a fellow oil field worker in North Dakota a year ago has pleaded not guilty due to lack of criminal responsibility, the state’s version of the temporary insanity defense.

Judge William McLees accepted the plea of 33-year-old Charles Davis II of Trinity, Texas, based on doctor evaluations. Davis now will be evaluated for potential danger to society. A hearing will be held later to determine his fate, which could include being involuntarily committed.

Davis was accused of stabbing to death 48-year-old Donald Flowers of Wichita Falls, Texas, in Minot on March 12, 2011. Authorities say the two men were employed by the Halliburton company and were working in a hotel conference room when they got into a fight.