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Psychiatrist testifies in Adrian Hargrove's capital murder trial

Monday, March 17, 2014 3:25 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:08 AM
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A psychiatrist testified Monday that Adrian Hargrove said he didn’t know how or why he killed a pregnant teen and her parents six years ago.

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Adrian Tywan Hargrove during a pre-trial hearing. A psychiatrist testified Monday that Hargrove meets the criteria for a finding of guilty but mentally ill.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/FILE
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Adrian Tywan Hargrove during a pre-trial hearing. A psychiatrist testified Monday that Hargrove meets the criteria for a finding of guilty but mentally ill.


Hargrove, 36, is on trial for the Feb. 9, 2008, killings of Allyson Pederson, 18, and Sharon and Andrew Hartley.

Pederson’s body was found set on fire on Lock and Dam Road about noon that day, roughly the same time the Hartleys’ bodies were discovered in the blood-soaked master bedroom of their Bennock Mill Road home. They had been beaten and repeatedly stabbed.

Dr. Richard Dudley, a forensic psychiatrist, testified in Richmond County Superior Court that Hargrove has had post-traumatic stress disorder since childhood.

Hargrove’s childhood was chaotic, with repeated exposure to violence and drug abuse, Dudley testified. Hargrove also has a delusion disorder and depressive disorder.

In Dudley’s opinion, Hargrove meets the criteria for a finding of guilty but mentally ill.

Under cross examination, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms questioned the validity of Dudley’s diagnosis if the information he was given was incorrect. For example, Hargrove told Dudley he was afraid of knives but he regularly carried one.

Hargrove has spent most of his adult life in prison. He was arrested at age 13 with a stolen car; at 14 for shooting up a laundromat with a BB gun and taking a gun to school; and at 17 and 19 for possession of and selling drugs. Hargrove also did time for child molestation.

If Hargrove is convicted of murder, the jury will be asked to determine punishment – life in prison, with or without the possibility of parole, or death.

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corgimom
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corgimom 03/17/14 - 05:06 pm
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He is a sociopath and he

He is a sociopath and he brutally slaughtered 3 people.

He needs the death penalty.

He will never, ever change.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/17/14 - 05:48 pm
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Why would
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anyone with an ounce of sense ( dr. Dudley) believe a sociopath and murderer would say anything other than that which would spare his worthless life. hargrove needs to be sentenced to living with dudley and his defense team.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 03/17/14 - 07:08 pm
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He is a cold-hearted killer with no remorse &a danger to society

The terms "Psychopath" and "Sociopath" are interchangeable and have held different meanings over time. I believe that many criminals - these days - try to use mental illness as an excuse for their criminal conduct and dodge punishment. This man killed 3 people. That shows that he has no remorse.

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KSL 03/17/14 - 07:34 pm
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Anyone who murders someone is

Anyone who murders someone is mentally ill in some fashion. He knew what he was doing. And I doubt he will ever get better.

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realitycheck09 03/17/14 - 08:26 pm
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Just wondering...

Stunned, what does remorse have to do with the presence of mental illness or the absence thereof?

I have no idea if the guy is mentally ill or not - I'll leave that to the experts - but everyone needs to understand that he's found guilty but mentally ill he is not going to "dodge punishment." He's still going to leave prison in a body bag

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Pops 03/17/14 - 08:50 pm
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From the original story 6 years ago

"Ms. Pederson (the 18 year old pregnant victim) had been dating Mr. Hargrove, (30 years old at the time)Mrs. Hobbs said. Police said they have not yet confirmed their relation.
Ms. Pederson was looking forward to her baby's birth and was about to learn the gender, Mrs. Hobbs said."
This is copied from the original story in the Chronicle. My contention is this "man" killed the girl because she was going to have his baby, cut and dried. This quack shrink is saying he had no idea why he snapped and implies he didn't even know these people.

WHO IS PAYING THESE "EXPERTS" WHO????

corgimom
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corgimom 03/17/14 - 10:36 pm
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Either that, or she wanted to

Either that, or she wanted to break up with him.

Oh yeah, I just bet he doesn't know how or why he killed them. I don't believe his story for one minute.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/18/14 - 05:23 am
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Either way, he is DANGEROUS;

Either way, he is DANGEROUS; therefore needs to be OUT of society!! Including the society of prison!! Watch the show lockup sometime!! Ask yourself; why do we just continue and continue to put up with people like this? Killing several times, AFTER being put in prison!! And we as a society, do nothing but add another life sentence!! WOW!!

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jimmymac 03/18/14 - 08:55 am
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EXECUTION
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Give him the firing squad! This disgusting excuse of a man needs to die as soon as he's convicted.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/18/14 - 04:11 pm
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He knows why, he just doesn't

He knows why, he just doesn't want to tell, that would imply that he was sane when he did it.

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