A confessed killer deemed not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 killing of his college classmate in Asher tried once again — and even testified on his behalf — to be released from a state mental facility, but that request has been denied.

A confessed killer deemed not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 killing of his college classmate in Asher tried once again — and even testified on his behalf — to be released from a state mental facility, but that request has been denied.

Jerrod Murray, now 23, will remain in custody at a state facility for further mental health treatment.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon says he will fight any chance Murray has of ever being released.

“Jerrod Murray is a frightening individual. If released, he will kill again, of this I have no doubt,” Smothermon said after the ruling.

A hearing was first held in Craig County because Murray is being treated at the Oklahoma Forensic Center, which is located in that county. Murray's motion asked the court to consider his release from that facility to less restrictive care. But that motion, and another heard in Pottawatomie County as a result of that first hearing, were both denied. Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan, who is familiar with the case, ruled that Murray remains a threat to society.

Murray was charged with first-degree murder, deliberate intent, in the December 2012 shooting death of Generro Sanchez, 18, from Stuart.

At the time of the killing, Murray and Sanchez were both freshmen at East Central University in Ada, with court affidavits in the case revealing Murray told investigators that he had planned to kill someone for weeks.

Murray, who allegedly told investigators he wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone, confessed to the killing hours after his arrest in 2012.

Judge Canavan's recent ruling noted that Murray makes progress while on medications, but he regresses once he goes off those medications and becomes worse, with the judge noting that Murray seems to make his own determination of whether or not he needs medications.

“Other statements he made that concern the Court were that he doesn't know when he might hurt someone again, which chills the court to the extent that it's a possibility he contemplates in his own mind hurting someone else,” the ruling reads.

Further, the judge noted his concern that he believes Murray, if given the discretion, would likely stop taking his medications.

And of the 200 patients at the Oklahoma Forensic Center, a doctor testified that Murray is the most dangerous.

In addition, Canavan noted concern in the fact that officials found a weapon — a five-inch knife blade — in Murray's possession the Friday before the court hearing.

And finally, in reviewing the case, Canavan notes, “He's still mentally ill, and in the opinion of some of the physicians, he's worse than he was before when he gets off his meds, and when you're the most dangerous patient out of 200, I find -- the Court finds that he is a danger to himself and others, that he's in the least restrictive setting that I'm willing to give him at this time and would deny any motion on his part to remove him from where he is at, at the present time,” the ruling concludes.

Murray's latest bid for freedom wasn't the first since he was initially found not guilty of first-degree murder by reason of insanity. A hearing was held in 2016 after two doctors submitted conflicting reports on his mental status, but he was committed “indefinitely” to the state mental hospital for treatment.

Smothermon has said he feels Murray will always be a danger to society.

A chilling taped interrogation was played in open court during Murray’s preliminary hearing early on in the case. In that interview, Murray, by his own words, confessed hours after his arrest to Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer that he shot and killed Sanchez.

“I shot him in the head twice,” Murray said in that video. “Three shots were fired...one missed.”

The defendant explained during that 2012 interview that he knew the victim lived in the dorms at ECU in Ada and they met each other in the room of a mutual friend, where they played video games.

Murray allegedly offered Sanchez $20 gas money for a ride from the dorms to the Walmart in Ada.

When they pulled into the parking lot, Murray pulled a gun on Sanchez and forced him to drive to Asher, where the tape reveals him saying he planned to take him out into the country and kill him.

The shooting occurred on Substation Road in south Pottawatomie County, which prompted the victim’s pickup to crash into a tree. The victim’s body was found in a ditch along that road, located south of U.S. 177 and SH 59. As deputies worked that scene, Palmer found Murray walking in the area of U.S. 177 near Sing Road and made the arrest.

The Asher case prompted a change in Oklahoma's state law that became effective Nov. 1, 2016.

In Sept. 2016, Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law one of the most significant criminal justice bills from the 2016 legislative session. Senate Bill 1214 allows for juries to find criminal defendants both insane and guilty of a crime.