Thompson told police that he had been high on bath salts for three days.
Giggenbach said Monday that Thompson was not found to be criminally responsible for the crime based on his history of mental illness. Bath salts, however, played a role in the bizarre circumstances that led to the goat's death, he said.
Last year, a grand jury indicted Thompson on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and petit larceny, along with an additional felony charge of animal cruelty. Giggenbach said that the misdemeanor charge accused Thompson of sexually assaulting the goat, while the felony charge accused him of killing the animal.
Thompson's lawyer, John Carr, said that his client has been repeatedly found incompetent to stand trial, and asked that his treatment be in the "least restrictive environment" possible. Carr declined to comment after the hearing.
Thompson's case is one of many strange cases connected to bath salts, which experts say induces psychosis. Recent legislation banned the drug for sale in West Virginia.
In September 2010, a Chinese food deliverywoman was struck in the head with pellets from a 12-gauge shotgun after Arthur Jackson Byrd III ran out from his Nitro apartment and fired the weapon over his head. Byrd, according to police was high on bath salts and hydrocodone and hallucinating that someone was burglarizing his home.
The deliverywoman, Min Lin, survived the shotgun blast. Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom sentenced Byrd to five years in prison last year.
Since January 2011, the West Virginia Poison Control Center, in Charleston, has taken 171 calls about bath salts -- most of them from health-care professionals who need help treating someone who has ingested the synthetic drug.
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