Expert: Man on trial not insane
A forensic psychiatrist who spent more than 14 hours interviewing a South Texas man charged with beheading his common-law wife’s three children in 2003 has testified for the prosecution that the man knew his actions were wrong.
John Allen Rubio has pursued an insanity defense over the course of the two-week retrial. But Dr. Michael Welner testified Friday that Rubio was neither schizophrenic nor psychotic as defense experts have argued. Welner says that on the contrary, Rubio tried to deflect blame to his common-law wife, who pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.
Welner says the 29-year-old also attempted to clean up the crime scene, hide the bodies and contemplated suicide, all signs that he recognized what he had done.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Rubio.
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