The Dillonvale man Charged with the attempted murder of Ronald Horton plead not guilty by reason of insanity in a Jefferson County courtroom Wednesday morning.
41-year-old Jason Binkiewicz is accused of shooting 35-year-old Ronald Horton in the chest back in November just outside his home on Township Road.
Prosecutor Jane Hanlin says that this plea has become a trend in recent years, but is very difficult to win on because the defense would have to prove that Binkiewicz did not know the difference between right and wrong at the time of the shooting.
“Shot an individual for as far as we can see, no reason whatsoever. In the state’s opinion has no justifiable means for his conduct whatsoever. He’s someone whose been known to the south end of the county, has been problematic in the past, and we’re hopeful to get him to trial soon,” said Hanlin.
Binkiewicz remains in the Jefferson County jail on a more than half a million dollar bond.