An Asher man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 killing of his college classmate will remain in custody to undergo further mental health treatment.

An Asher man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 killing of his college classmate will remain in custody to undergo further mental health treatment.

Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan Jr. ruled Thursday that Jerrod Murray, 21, remains a threat to society and should return to the Oklahoma Forensic Center for ongoing treatment. The judge scheduled another hearing in one year — on Nov. 3, 2016 — to review Murray’s competency. Those hearings must be held annually.

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, both Murray and Sanchez were 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.

But in July of this year, Murray was found not guilty of first-degree murder by reason of insanity and was committed “indefinitely” to a state mental hospital for treatment.

But after two doctors later submitted conflicting reports on Murray’s mental status, further evaluations were ordered and a hearing was held Thursday in Pottawatomie County District Court.

New reports from two psychiatrists who examined Murray show that he needs to remain at the Oklahoma Forensic Center.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon also called witness John Gibson to testify at Thursday’s hearing. Gibson, who was in the jail with Murray at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, testified that Murray said he would commit the crime again and also indicated he would go after the victim’s family if released, Smothermon said.

Sanchez's mother, who attended Thursday’s hearing, remains opposed to the law that allowed Murray to be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Smothermon, who said the justice system failed this family, agrees and is fighting to get that law changed. Someone found not guilty by reason of insanity, could, at some point, be found competent and released.

Smothermon said the law needs to be changed so those who are determined insane can be found guilty and sentenced to serve the same time in a mental facility that they would serve if they went to prison.

Smothermon said Murray being not guilty by reason of insanity means no one is being held accountable for Sanchez’s death, which is “absolutely ludicrous.”

Smothermon also said Oklahoma’s current law provides no certainty to family members.

“It’s an insult to the family and insult to the justice system,” Smothermon said, adding what’s happened in this case is a travesty.

That’s why Smothermon has visited with Sen. Ron Sharp and Rep. Justin Wood, he said, and has drafted legislation for lawmakers to consider next year.

That proposal would create a disposition of “guilty except insane,” Smothermon said, meaning defendants would be accountable for crimes and receive the same sentence for mental health treatment as they would if sentenced to serve the same time in prison. If they are ever found to be competent again, they would transfer to the Department of Corrections to serve the rest of their term. Twelve other states have similar laws in place.

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.