A Boulder man accused of stabbing his elderly mother has been committed to the Colorado Department of Human services after he was found to be not guilty by reason of insanity.
Larry Marquardt, 61, had been facing first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault charges -- both Class 2 felonies -- after investigators say he stabbed his then-91-year-old mother, Verda, in the neck and shoulder at her home on Nov. 5, 2012.
But Marquardt entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in April, and after months of evaluations at the state hospital in Pueblo it was ruled at a competency hearing in November that Marquardt qualified, according to officials. Marquardt's mother testified that he suffered from schizophrenia.
According to prosecutors, Verda Marqaurdt knocked on her neighbor's door at Baldwin Place in northeast Boulder around 7 p.m. Nov. 5. She was bleeding from her chest and neck, and claimed her son, Larry, had tried to kill her. She was transported to Boulder Community Hospital with two stab wounds to her chest and one to her neck.
Officers said Verda Marquardt told them Larry went to use the bathroom and that when he came out he began choking her, saying, "You always hated me," and stating he was going to kill her. She told officers he then grabbed a knife and began to stab her.
In a video deposition, Verda Marquardt said her son kept saying, "You need to die," as he was assaulting her.
Police located Larry Marquardt in the area of Independence Road and 57th Street after he called dispatchers saying he had killed his mother.