The man charged with the 2009 murder of Pastor Fred Winters of the Maryville First Baptist Church has been ruled not guilty by reason of insanity, by a Madison County Circuit Court judge.
Terry Sedlacek of Troy was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery after he alleged entered the church during a service, the morning of March 8, 2009, and fired a handgun at Winters. The pastor was dead at the scene.
It is not believed the two had ever met before.
Also armed with a knife, Sedlacek allegedly stabbed two church members and himself. All three have recovered from the injuries.
Mental health experts, for both sides, testified in previous court hearings that Sedlacek had schizophrenia. Judge Richard Tognarelli issued his ruling last week during a brief hearing.
Sedlacek is being confined at the Alton Mental Health facility.