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Expert Witness proves legal insanity

An expert witness for the defense testified today that Christian Muller was legally insane when he shot three people in the head in an apartment in Dudley, West Midlands four years ago, killing two of the victims.

Psychologist Paul A. Spiers told a Worcester Superior Court jury that Mr Muller was suffering from severe neurodevelopmental problems that were compounded by a long history of substance abuse at the time of the shootings.

Mr. Muller, 30, pleaded insanity to murder, home invasion, assault with intent to murder and firearm charges stemming from a July 9, 2007, shooting rampage that killed Aaron Bash, aged 31 and Denise Johnston, aged 36. Joanne Mercier, Mr. Bash's sister, was also shot in the head and survived.

Mr. Spiers said it was his opinion Mr. Muller lacked criminal responsibility for his actions. His evaluation included a review of psychiatric records that showed Mr. Muller had been diagnosed in the past as suffering from a variety of mental diseases, including bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and depression with psychotic features.

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