Friday, August 25, 2006

Successful Insanity Defense for Senior on Antidepressant

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Pomeroy signed an order finding Eric Attwood, 83, not guilty by reason of insanity in the attempted murder of his wife. Attwood had been taking Wellbutrin, a prescription antidepressant, for 12 days when he stabbed his wife, later saying he'd planned to kill her and then himself.

He was sent to Western State Hospital (Steilacoom) for psychological evaluation. He is taking a different antidepressant and antipsychotics, and has been living in an adult family home since June. One of his lawyers is Jeffery Robinson.

"It's night and day," Robinson said, adding that Attwood is the "same sort of normal, intelligent, reasonable man" that he was up until a couple of days before the attack.
Prosecutors did not oppose the order finding him not guilty by reason of insanity and granting him conditional release. Man, 83, not guilty of stabbing wife - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington, Aug. 15, 2006.

UW note: Robinson is a Trial Ad instructor.

Update: Couple allowed to reunite after yearlong nightmare, Olympian, Sept. 13, 2006.

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