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A man acquitted of murdering his father on the grounds of insanity is wanted after he escaped from a medical facility near the Texas-Oklahoma border this week where he was committed.
The Vernon Police Department said medical staff at North Texas State Hospital notified them Monday that Alexander Scott Ervin was missing. He is considered armed and dangerous, police said.
Ervin left his dorm around 9 p.m. Sunday and scaled the hospital’s 8-foot security fence before fleeing on foot, according to a review of hospital security video.
In 2014, Ervin was found not guilty in Travis County of the murder of his father, Ray Scott Ervin, in Austin.
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Ervin’s younger brother testified that the suspect attacked their father with a pipe wrench and folding knife, claiming Ray Ervin was an impostor. He also claimed to be a trained member of the CIA on a mission to kill his father.
“When he’s off his meds, you don’t know what’s going to happen. And I’m terrified of him getting hurt. And I’m terrified of anybody in the community getting hurt “, said Leslie Ervin, his mother, reported Fox Dallas. . “He is still my son and I will always defend him until my last breath. And I will do everything I can to get him to safety.”
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As recently as April, a magistrate ordered Ervin’s commitment to continue in a public psychiatric hospital.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.