Martin Culver in court in 1997
NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - A Newaygo County man who beat a woman to death with a shovel 16 years ago, is back in the hospital.
Warren Martin Culver was found not guilty by reason of insanity back in 1997. He was released from a mental institution in 2009. Now, he's accused of beheading his cat and stabbing himself.
"Not surprised at all. We kept telling them, why are you releasing him?" says Dawn Mourer. It's been 16 years since Mourer lost her sister, Marty Bulson. The 34-year old mother of three was beaten to death at Culver's home near White Cloud. Culver is bipolar and told police that voices told him to do it.
"That's how my sister was murdered, cause he quit taking his meds," says Mourer.
Culver was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He spent 12 years in a mental facility. He was released, against the wishes of Bulson's family and the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Mike Mercer says, "Yeah, we've had concerns about this individual for quite some time."
For the past few years, Culver stayed out of trouble. Then, earlier this week, he called 911. He said he stabbed himself. He also beheaded his cat. He said God told him to do it.
When Mourer found out, she wasn't surprised. "I said, did he hurt anybody? They said no. I said thank God."
The concern now is that the same process will take place. Culver is currently in the hospital, but what's next? Sheriff Mercer says we need to take a hard look at how our system deals with mental health. "There needs to be better resources and attention given to these types of situations. To keep our communities safe." Mercer says Culver doesn't belong in jail, but instead, needs long term care.
As for Mourer, she says she will continue her fight for her sister. She wants to make sure Martin Culver is put away for good. "I'm gonna do everything in my power to make sure he's not walking out in society. My sister can't be here, why does he feel he should be here?. It's not fair."
Culver is currently in the hospital being treated for stab wounds. Mercer says he will likely go to a mental facility for treatment.
If he is released, the Newaygo County Prosecutor has authorized criminal charges and will pursue Culver at that point.