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.