Highway shootings suspect changing plea to insanity

An attorney says the man charged in a series of highway shootings in the Columbus area is changing his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

Twenty-nine-year-old Charles A- McCoy Junior originally had pleaded innocent to a 24-count indictment including the fatal shooting of a 62-year-old woman in November.

Gail Knisley of Washington Court House was the only person hit in the attacks, which occurred mostly on or around Interstate 270 in Columbus.

McCoy’s lawyer Andrew Haney says the change of plea was filed Wednesday morning in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

The change in plea comes a day after Judge Charles Schneider ruled McCoy — who is on medication for schizophrenia — is competent to stand trial.

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