Defense: Truman Veterans Hospital murder suspect has history of mental illness

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 4:28 p.m. CST; updated 6:45 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — Rudy Perez Jr. has a history of schizophrenia and was off his medication when he allegedly killed a fellow patient at Truman Veterans Hospital last Friday, his attorney said after his arraignment Thursday.