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Man to be confined at mental facility after setting mother on fire in 2011

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George Bradley III, 41 George Bradley III, 41
LUBBOCK, Texas -

A Lubbock man charged with setting his mother on fire in 2011 has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. The victim later died and prosecutors charged Bradley with her murder. The verdict followed an agreement between the defense and prosecution that George Bradley III, 41, is mentally incompetent to stand trial. 

On May 9, 2011, Bradley, 32 at the time, took hostages at Rise Academy Charter School front office. Investigators report just minutes earlier Bradley had gotten into an argument with his mother, 69-year-old Bertha Bradley, at the nearby Stonehallow Apartments and set her on fire. 

Police say he then made his way to Rise Academy where he took four hostages at knifepoint and attempted to sexually assault a female employee.

Bertha suffered third-degree burns to about half her body. She died at the hospital two weeks later. 

Bradley will now be confined to a secure state mental facility, where he will undergo psychological evaluations each year; that report will then be sent to the court, who will determine whether he should continue to be confined to that facility.

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