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Father who allegedly beheaded son set to face a judge regarding release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WTKR) — A man charged with killing his 5-year-old son in 2009 will face a judge Monday morning after completing two independent mental evaluations.

Officials charged Joseph Hagerman III with the murder of his young son after they found the boy beheaded in the family’s Sugar Creek Drive home in February of 2009.

At the time Hagerman was also charged with malicious wounding because police said he hurt his wife who was trying to save their son from the attack.

Court documents and a previous jailhouse interview with News 3 revealed that Hagerman believed by killing his son, he was sending him to heaven and away from the ‘Antichrist.’ Attorneys said Hagerman was suffering his third intense psychotic break when the crime occurred.

A few months later, Hagerman was found not guilty due to his insanity. He has been receiving mental treatment in a hospital ever since.

At his last court appearance, attorneys said while being treated, Hagerman has attacked other inmates and patients who he also believed to be ‘Antichrists’, according to attorneys.

A judge ordered two independent mental health evaluations be completed on Hagerman before he can be considered for release. If released, he would be in the community.

Attorneys said Hagerman suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, delusions and other physiological issues.

A judge is set to hear the results of those two independent evaluations at 11 a.m. and decide whether or not Hagerman will be released.