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Man Accused of Killing Friend As 'Sacrifice' Acquitted by Mental Disease

Man ordered to Arkansas State Hospital
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A man accused of killing his best friend as a 'sacrifice' was acquitted by reason of mental disease or defect on Monday.

In 2012, North Little Rock police say 19-year-old Devante Cooney stabbed his best friend, Sidney Rufus, to death.

Rufus' brother say he is at peace with the development.

"It's pretty much just closure," said Iamaman Rufus.

Tuesday, Cooney was acquitted by reason of mental disease or defect and was ordered to the state hospital.

Rufus' brother says he's OK with that decision but now focuses on moving forward and cherishing the good memories with his brother.

"He is where he is," Rufus said. "I am where I am and my brother is where he is."

Investigators say Cooney called the killing 'a sacrifice,' and now more than a year later, Rufus' family still struggles to understand the loss.

"We manage to make it every day, just day by day," Rufus said.
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