LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered a West Texas man committed to a mental health institution over the 2014 fatal beating an attorney.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports 31-year-old Jestin Hooker pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of 61-year-old Steven Wallace. Judge John McClendon said Tuesday that he accepted the plea from Hooker, who had been charged with murder.

Police in July 2014 responded to a disturbance at the law office, which had living quarters, and found Wallace dead. Hooker had been staying at the location.

Defense attorney Laurie Key says Hooker, whose status will be evaluated, most likely will spend the rest of his life in a mental health facility.


Information from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,