Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to murder of John Lennon

Chapman pleaded guilty six months after killing Lennon

Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to murder of John Lennon

On June 22, 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to the murder of John Lennon, the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. He pleaded guilty himself six months later after killing John Lennon in a New York courtroom.  There had been no question that Chapman had shot the Lennon.

Chapman’s lawyers had put forth a plea of not guilty in the months following the December 1980 murder, by reason of insanity as he appeared to suffer from major instability. The witnesses for the defense decided he was insane. But as the trial date approached, Chapman began to disagree with defense’s strategy to claim he was crazy. And on June 22, 1981, Chapman pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon.

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