The man who beheaded another man in Santa Rita and then transported the victim’s head to Dededo has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect.
Donovan Ornellas was arrested for the gruesome murder of Andrew Castro last month.
Castro, a wheelchair-bound individual, was discovered by his wife decapitated. Ornellas told police that he used the knife given to him and he was compelled to kill Castro because he placed his family in danger.
He also admitted to police that he had smoked methamphetamine at Castro’s residence.
By pleading not guilty by reason of mental defect, Ornellas will be subject to a mental evaluation.
His right to a speedy trial has been asserted, however, the clock is tolled until the evaluation is conducted. He remains behind bars.