Killing a Satanist, then faking insanity?
Here's a double (even a triple dose) of irrationality, crossing over the lines of hypocrisy for belief in Gawd.
Let's see now...
... faking being insane
... murder due to someones supposed belief in Satan.
2nd psychiatrist says suspect faking insanity
Monday, March 13, 2006
By MARIJA B. VADER
The Daily Sentinel
For the second day in a row, a second psychiatrist testified Troy Mondragon is faking symptoms to appear insane.
?I think he?s sane,? said Dr. David Johnson, a forensic psychiatrist at the Colorado State Mental Institute. ?Mr. Mondragon is legally sane and faking psychotic symptoms.
?There?s no question I?ve been involved in a lot of tough cases. This isn?t a tough case.?
Mondragon is accused of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary in connection with an attack on Nate Swartzell on March 22-23, 2003.
Late March 22 or early March 23, Swartzell was sleeping in his apartment room at 125 S. 11th St., when he was attacked by a man with a knife.
Swartzell pointed to Mondragon last week as his attacker.
Swartzell was stabbed 27 times with a butcher knife.
Mondragon entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Mondragon told one psychiatrist he believed Swartzell worshipped Satan and that Satan worshippers murdered his brother.
The prosecution put forth witnesses who said Mondragon burned evidence in a neighbor?s yard.
Last week, a neighbor who lived at 1034 Colorado Ave. testified someone came on to his porch the early morning of March 23, 2003, removed his clothes and stashed them in a cupboard on the porch before departing. When police arrived that night, they removed bloody clothes, a bloody knife and two gloves, police testified.
Janel Smith, a forensic serologist with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation testified Monday that blood samples from the clothing in the cupboard matched Swartzell?s blood.
Smith also testified blood on the knife matched Swartzell.
The forensic psychiatrist testified Mondragon acted normal, was articulate, cooperative and fluent when in discussion with jail inmates or patients at the state mental hospital.
But when Mondragon conversed with jail staff or psychiatrists, his speech would slur and he would stutter, Johnson testified.
In the courtroom, while the jury is seated, Mondragon?s head twitches in all directions. After the jury leaves, at times, the twitching subsides. At one point Monday, the twitching went away as Mondragon was led from the courtroom for a break in the proceeding.
?There was a marked increase in behavioral problems at the jail after he entered his insanity plea,? Johnson said, referring to records of the Mesa County Jail.
Mondragon kept changing his symptoms and portions of his history to different doctors at the state hospital, Johnson testified.
During one interview with Johnson, Mondragon claimed Swartzell was the devil and that Mondragon was the archangel Michael, Johnson testified, but Mondragon didn?t tell that to another staff psychiatrist.
?It?s a fairly easy case to analyze,? Johnson testified.
?He sits in the courtroom and makes all these odd motions with his head. I?ve never seen anything like that before with him,? Johnson testified.
With each new doctor he increases his symptoms, he said.
?He?s just trying real hard to be seen as psychotic and mentally ill,? Johnson said.
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