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September 23, 2013

Decision expected soon on whether Ewing insane

Judge should decide this week whether Ewing was insane


“There is not a single mention of a symptom to suggest that (Ewing) was psychotic or decompensating,” Fischer said. “It defies logic that (Ewing) would be so actively delusional that he planned to kill his mother, but still be able to act normally around his mother in the presence of staff.”

It did come out during the trial that Ewing believed his mother was the anti-Christ before he killed his sister in 1998. After the 2012 attack, Olson told law enforcement officers that Ewing was calling her that again while he was beating and stabbing her. Ferrazzano pointed that out in his rebuttal, adding that the expert who testified for Fischer said Ewing had maintained that delusion since 1998. Ferrazzano also brought up testimony from the experts that said the medication Ewing was using could mask symptoms of delusions.

“Just because staff at the hospital claims to have observed no symptoms of a relapse, doesn't mean a relapse wasn't occurring,” he said.

Krehbiel will likely issue a written decision sometime this week.

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