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March-13-96

Expert for the Prosecution Says Clinic Gunman is Sane

In the murder trial of abortion clinic gunman John Salvi, a state psychiatrist called by the prosecution testified that Salvi is sane and does not suffer from the delusions that are characteristic of paranoid schizophrenia. Dr. Joel Haycock, chief of forensic psychiatry at Bridgewater State hospital, interviewed Salvi seven or eight times before writing a 40-page report. Haycock acknowledged he made the judgment without knowing some of the conspiracy theories Salvi reportedly told to defense witness Dr. David Bear. The defense rested Tuesday (3-12) and had tried unsuccessfully to prevent Haycock from testifying in the prosecutions rebuttal, claiming it violated Salvis Fifth Amendment protection against incriminating himself.

For more on the Salvi trial, see:

Index of News Stories on John Salvi

Media Resources: USA Today - March 13, 1996