After pleading not guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday morning, the court heard that Vince Weiguang Li thought Tim McLean was the force of evil and God 'told' him to kill Tim. Li also believed that McLean would come back to life to ‘finish him off’ which led Li to proceed to decapitate and defile McLean’s body.
Li was clearly suffering from a major psychotic episode as a result of schizophrenia at the time of the attack according to Dr. Stanley Yaren.
Yaren, the only prosecution witness in the case, also told the court that Li is a decent man who has been co-operative and has made major strides since being hospitalized and medicated. He also said Li could be able to function again in the community.
Yaren said Li is gradually beginning to realize what he's done, but still doesn't accept the fact he cannibalized some of McLean's body parts.
Prosecution and defense attorneys have agreed on a statement of facts in the case, and none of the witnesses to the slaying would be called.
Judge Scurfield is likely to decide Mr. Li should not be held criminally responsible.
Li’s mental problems likely began in 2003. He was briefly hospitalized in Ontario after being picked up by police. Li was found walking down a highway believing he was following the sun. Li received no additional treatment after the brief hospitalization.
After court, Carol deDelley, Tim’s mother, told reporters she found it offensive a psychiatrist described her son's killer as a decent man.
I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for Tim’s family and friends to hear that after some months of treatment and medication Li could be reintroduced to society.
Mental illness is a sad and serious situation, but I have to wonder - as I’m sure many do - what guarantee could be made that if Li is released he will continue treatment, continue medication, and not suffer another psychotic episode? A vibrant 22-year-old man was brutally murdered. Do we wait for another victim?