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Patient acquitted of murder on insanity charges escapes North Texas State Hospital, police say

VERNON, Texas (KTRK) — A man acquitted of insane murder in his father’s 2013 stabbing in Austin has escaped from a state hospital where he was admitted, authorities said Monday.

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Employees at North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, near the Oklahoma border and 190 miles northwest of Dallas, told police that Alexander Scott Ervin, 29, was found missing at the hospital just after 7:30 a.m. Monday, the police department reported by Vernon. A review of the hospital’s security video revealed that Ervin left his dormitory around 9pm on Sunday and scaled the hospital’s 2.5 meter security fence before walking north around 9:15pm

A Travis County jury found autistic Ervin not guilty of murder by reason of insanity in Ray Scott Ervin’s death in 2014.

Police and emergency medical personnel dispatched to the Ervins’ West Austin home found the suspect calm and calm as he was scratched, bruised and covered in blood, the Austin American-Statesman reported. His brother Maxwell Ervin testified that his brother attacked their father with a pipe wrench and jackknife and claimed Ray Ervin was an impostor. Alexander Ervin claimed to be a trained member of the CIA to kill his father, Maxwell Ervin testified.

The jury deliberated for approximately 10 hours before acquitting Alexander Ervin. Only in April of this year did a judge order the continuation of his assignment in a state mental hospital.

Alexander Ervin was last seen in a gray hoodie, black shirt, tan pants and black shoes. Ervin is believed to be armed and dangerous, police said.

He is described as a Caucasian male with short brown hair, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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