Bizarre Delusions Take Center Stage

April 10, 2008 9:34:10 PM PDT
Serious and bizarre delusions took center stage Wednesday during the Ramadan Abdullah murder trial. Doctor Charles Scott reviewed reports about Abdullah and interviewed him earlier this year. Scott called the defendant schizophrenic. He said: "When I interviewed him, he was so disorganized, so psychotic that random statements were coming from his mouth over a seven hour period ranging from believe he's President of the United States, to owns McDonalds."The doctor said Abdullah also claimed to be a movie writer among many other wild stories. He said, "Such as 'Back to the Future' parts 1, 2 and 3 to believing he fell off the Empire State Building when he was age three and his head fell off and later a crow took it away."

Abdullah's defense team admits Abdullah shot and killed Deputy Erik Telen in 2001. But they're trying to spare him from the death penalty by showing; the defendant was insane during the shooting.

The doctor supported that saying Abdullah was suffering from schizophrenia at the time of the crime and still suffering from the mental illness. It is behavior former jail nurse Cecilia Salazar witnessed when Abdullah was booked in 2001. She described him as depressed and said, "When he talked about shooting the officer, he appeared to be sad and he was crying."

Salazar also heard Abdullah refer to himself as Jesus Christ. Its statements like these that the defense hopes will stop Abdullah from receiving the death penalty.

The defense will continue presenting their case Thursday morning.


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