Mr. Roberts had acknowledged the shooting death of his best friend in the course of a night's drinking. The State alleged that the shooting was an act of anger and sought conviction for murder. Defendant's expert Dr. Charles Robinson testified that the crime scene, Roberts' history and witness statements were all consistent with a failed suicide attempt the victim tried to foil. Roberts had a history of such attempts designed to bring about his "rescue" and thereby validate his right to live. In remarkable compromise, the jury found Roberts not guilty by reason of insanity. He was discharged from in-patient psychiatric care six months later.
Robert Sandy, Esq.
Back to the "WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?" Topics list.