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Expert says slaying suspect is mentally disabled

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The battle of the mental health experts began Sat­urday in Adrian Har­grove’s capital murder trial.

The defense and prosecution will present expert witnesses with differing opinions about the state of Hargrove’s mental health before, during and after the slayings of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her parents, Sharon and Andrew Hartley, on Feb. 9, 2008.

First up was defense witness Barry Crown, who holds a doctorate in psychology and specializes in neuro­psychology. He told the Richmond County Su­perior Court jury Sat­ur­day that his speciality is the
study of the relationship between brain function and behavior.

Over a four-year period, Crown said, he administered tests to Hargrove to measure his intellectual ability and possible organic brain damage. He also gave Hargrove a test to measure effort and motivation to weed out possible malingering.

In Crown’s opinion, Har­grove is intellectually disabled with significant neuropsychological damage. His scores on the test for effort and motivation were high enough that Crown said he did not believe Hargrove was faking.

Under cross-examination, Crown agreed that someone facing a possible death sentence had reason not do his best in testing. But he said studies have found that while a skilled neuroscientist could fake test results, he couldn’t do so on
repeated tests without discovery.

Hargrove’s defense team is seeking a verdict of guilty but mentally ill. If convicted of murder, the jury will be asked to determine Hargrove’s sentence – life in prison with or without the possibility of parole or death.

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Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 03/15/14 - 06:52 pm
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Rubbish. Mental Illness is not an Excuse for Murder.

I wonder if taxpayers paid for Dr. Crown's tests - that even the doctor generosity disputed the results as a basis for an acquittal for murder verdict(?)

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Pops 03/15/14 - 07:24 pm
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I wonder who

is paying for this guy's "defense team"." "Under cross-examination, Crown agreed that someone facing a possible death sentence had reason not do his best in testing. But he said studies have found that while a SKILLED NEUROSCIENTIST could fake test results, HE COULDN'T do so on repeated tests without discovery."" So this quack admits that he is not a skilled neuroscientist.......what a waste of everyone's time and money.....WHO AND WHAT IS MOTIVATING SOMEONE TO PAY FOR THIS "human's" defense?????

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corgimom 03/15/14 - 08:49 pm
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Ever since it became law that

Ever since it became law that a state couldn't execute a mentally impaired prisoner, they ALL are now mentally impaired.

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GnipGnop 03/15/14 - 10:13 pm
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I don't care if he licks windows

and babbles to himself. He was mentally able to kill 3 people he is mentally able to take a needle in his arm....since all those liberals have done away with real executions. Make them public and make an express lane. Criminals laugh at our justice system.

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geecheeriverman 03/16/14 - 06:56 am
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rubber room

He is for sure mentally ill! Now what he needs, is to be sentenced to a rubber room until his execution, which should come as soon as his trial is over.

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jimmymac 03/16/14 - 09:54 am
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Every time a criminal is tried now their lawyers trot out some paid mouth piece to shill for the defendant. Testimony from experts should not receive pay. If they truly believe a person is innocent then speak for free. These so called experts make more money going around testifying for criminals than they do in their practice.

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scoobynews 03/16/14 - 01:19 pm
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He did it to himself.

If he is missing brain matter it's because he fried it doing drugs. He was born evil not mentally disabled.

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realitycheck09 03/16/14 - 03:54 pm
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Read the article again

First, to Pops, you misread it. The expert was saying that an expert could fake the results (i.e., if the expert were the SUBJECT of the test) initially but not through continued testing. Eventually it would be pretty clear that the subject was malingering (meaning faking). I will admit that the article is a little clunky there.

Secondly, the taxpayers of Georgia are paying for his defense. I assume you all think the US Constitution is a good thing, right?

Thirdly, to Stunned's point, they aren't asking for an acquittal. They're asking that he be found guilty but mentally ill. If such a verdict were reached - and it's unlikely - he would still get life without parole and be sent to prison.

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Stunned 2 03/16/14 - 05:53 pm
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If the jury finds him guiltybut Mentally Ill, then most likely

they will acquit him on the murder charge, Reality Check. That verdict would be an acquittal of murder. I believe in the constitution, but I also know that there's so much taxpayer money funded to defendants that claim to be unable to pay for their own defense. Those funds seem to be misused on fruitless schemes to sway and confuse juries (at the taxpayers expense). Hey, depending on the social conscious of this jury of 'his peers' - he could be acquitted on every charge - and out free to roam the streets of our community.

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corgimom 03/16/14 - 06:59 pm
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They aren't trying to acquit

They aren't trying to acquit him of murder, read the story again. The defense wants to plead guilty but mentally ill, so he can avoid the death penalty.

He didn't mind slaughtering 3 people, but he doesn't want to die.

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realitycheck09 03/16/14 - 08:20 pm
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Stunned

Corgi mom is right. What you're saying is mutually exclusive: they can't "acquit" and find him GBMI.

To your other point about the money, paying for someone's defense is never "fruitless". I assume you are in favor of capital punishment. Well the surest way to have a conviction overturned is to not adequately fund someone's defense.

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myfather15 03/17/14 - 06:35 am
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If found guilty period; give

If found guilty period; give him the needle!! He is dangerous to society, including cell mates!! How would you like to be some slub in prison for forgery and get this guy as your cellmate?

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