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September 10, 2013

Ewing release questioned

Attorney said Ewing was showing psychotic symptoms before stabbing

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“When all of those stressers are present, there is a risk of decompensation, right?” Ferrazzano asked Henderson.

“Yes,” she said.

“And if that decompensation isn't stopped in time, it can lead to a full-blown psychosis, correct?”

“Yes.”

It didn't come up during Tuesday's hearing, but Nicollet County sheriff's deputies reported finding newspaper clippings about Ewing's sister's murder in a duffel bag he brought with him during the outing with his mother. The bag also contained clothing and food, and Ewing had attempted to close his bank account at the hospital that day. After his arrest, he told deputies he planned to flee in his mother's car or drive to Ramsey County, where Shoreview is located, and turn himself in.

Henderson testified she didn't see any psychotic symptoms when she met with Ewing on May 3, 2012, five days before the stabbing. Frie and Hering both said they didn't see any of those symptoms, either, during their meeting a few hours before the incident.

Dunn also asked Hering to describe a letter she received from Ewing in January. She said the letter included an apology for his paranoia the day after the attack on his mother. Ewing had called Hering on May 9, 2012, and asked her to bring his glasses, a drug handbook and his Bible to the Nicollet County Jail.

Dunn also had Hering read a short note that she said was in parenthesis after the apology.

“Let's not bullsh**,” the note said. “It was attempted murder.”

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