Calif. man in fatal bat beating is found insane

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Updated: 1/10 1:24 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man charged with beating his friend to death with a baseball bat has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Santa Clara County prosecutor Angela Bernhard says Nathaniel Manlangit pleaded to the charge on Wednesday after doctors for the prosecution and Manlangit's defense attorney both declared him legally insane.

The 26-year-old Manlangit was charged with crimes stemming from the beating death of 31-year-old Carlos Caloca at a Sports Authority store at the Great Mall in Milpitas in June 2013.

Prosecutors said Manlangit grabbed a baseball bat off a shelf and proceeded to beat Caloca so badly that he was dead by the time police arrived.

Manlangit will be in a state mental hospital indefinitely until doctors and the court both determine he has regained his sanity.

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