Man pleads guilty to 2012 sword slaying

Man pleads guilty to 2012 sword slaying

Man pleads guilty to 2012 sword slaying

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by Associated Press and KVUE.com Staff

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 9:40 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A man described by a psychiatrist as delusional has pleaded guilty to murder in a 2012 sword slaying in Central Texas.

A judge in Austin will decide whether 37-year-old Thomas Brock must serve up to life in prison for the killing of Luis Hernandez Vigil. The 57-year-old victim was  fatally stabbed outside an Austin pawn shop.

Court Coordinator for the 167th District Court Melissa Moreno confirmed that Brock pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Our exclusive partners at the Austin American-Statesman report that Brock claims to hear voices in his head. He spent time hospitalized before last June being ruled competent to stand trial for the apparent random killing.

Psychiatrist Maureen Burrows on Wednesday testified Brock has long experienced hallucinations, delusions and paranoia due to multiple personality and mood disorders.

Burrows also says Brock had a pattern of conning people and not taking his medications.

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