3 doctors to examine man using insanity defense

January 24, 2012 10:00:00 PM PST
Three doctors will examine a South Bend man who contends he was insane when he allegedly beat his 10-year-old son to death.

St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller on Wednesday appointed a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a general doctor to examine 35-year-old Terry Sturgis. He's charged with murdering his son, Tramelle, on Nov. 4. The boy's 14-year-old brother told police their father had beaten them for hours during the night.

Sturgis is accused of using a hot iron, a hot screw driver, a wooden club or his hands to beat his children from 2008 to 2011. He is charged with eight felony counts of battery and one misdemeanor count of battery, two counts of neglect and two counts of confinement.

He's being held without bond.