ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder-Suicide: Two Dead: Oregon

Paragraph seven reads: “The family had known Phillips for years. They
said he took numerous medications, including antidepressants and pain
medications while he waited for hip-replacement surgery.”

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April 22, 2010

By Anita Burke
Mail Tribune

MEDFORD ­ Family, friends and a west Medford neighborhood mourn a
murder-suicide that left a man and woman dead on Monday.

Gregory Alan Phillips, 57, shot his former girlfriend, Evalina Maria
Lattoure, 39, three times in the head and neck with a .22-caliber revolver
before fatally shooting himself, Medford police said. The shootings happened at
about 2:20 p.m. Monday in the driveway of a duplex at 725 Beekman Ave.,
where the two, along with other roommates including Lattoure’s 9-year-old
daughter and the girl’s father, were moving.

The group had lived just down the street in a house that was foreclosed in
January and they had just been evicted, Jackson County Circuit Court
records show.

“They were very nice people,” said Dustin Wilhelmi, who lives in the
adjoining unit of the duplex and saw Phillips shoot himself. “I don’t know why
he would do that to her.”

Lattoure’s 17-year-old son, who lives with other relatives in Jackson
County and asked that his name not be published, said Phillips “took the life
of a great and wonderful woman.”

He said his mother also has a 22-year-old son who lives in California, as
well as a sister and other relatives who were gathering to plan a funeral.

The family had known Phillips for years. They said he took numerous
medications, including antidepressants and pain medications while he waited for
hip-replacement surgery.

“Maybe he wasn’t in his right mind when he did this,” Lattoure’s teenage
son said, wondering compassionately what the loss must be like for Phillips’
aging mother in California, who must now deal with the knowledge that her
son is a murderer.

Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said that Lattoure and Phillips had argued
earlier in the day, but each had left, apparently to cool down separately.
Investigators didn’t release details about that conflict.

Phillips’ car was in the driveway of the duplex Monday afternoon when
Lattoure pulled up, police said. She approached his car, then was shot.

An autopsy showed that a fatal shot hit Lattoure’s spine, her son said.

As neighbors heard shots Monday afternoon and called 9-1-1, Medford police
quickly notified Washington Elementary and South Medford High schools,
which went into precautionary lockdown, as did the Medford School District’s
central office.

School officials praised prompt and clear communication from police, who
evaluated the potential threat to schools. As soon as investigators
determined that everyone involved in the shooting was dead, the lockdown was lifted.

Washington Principal Joe Frazier said police and schools train to work
well together in emergencies and that training paid off.

Teachers had information about the shooting right away so they could
grieve after school, Frazier said. Then, on Tuesday morning, the school gathered
students to acknowledge the tragedy that had happened in the neighborhood
and reassure them that they were safe in school, he said.

Teachers provided some time for students to deal with grief, then helped
them return their focus to learning, he said. The district provided
additional counseling for a few students who needed more help.

The Children’s Advocacy Center is also assisting Lattoure’s family,
officials said.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485, or e-mail
aburke@mailtribune.com.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder-Suicide: 22 Year Old Kills Young Man & Self: Ireland

Paragraph eleven reads:  “Gardai are investigating whether Shane Clancy, who murdered Seb Creane (22) before killing himself, may have misused anti-depressants that had been prescribed for him just a week before the tragic night.”

http://www.herald.ie/national-news/city-news/family-deny-shane-followed-ex-on-thailand-trip-1868625.html

Family deny Shane followed ex on Thailand trip

By Claire Murphy

Tuesday August 25 2009

Relatives of killer Shane Clancy have insisted that the disturbed young man took a recent trip to Thailand to relax, and have hit out at suggestions that he was following his former girlfriend Jennifer Hannigan.

Shane, who broke up with his girlfriend Ms Hannigan (22) six months ago, planned an extended trip to Australia to rest and broke the journey with a stop off in Thailand.

Shane’s cousin Chris Clancy, who lives in Thailand with his wife, told the Herald that this was to be a time for Shane to get his thoughts together and relax in the idyllic setting of the Asian country.

“I live in Thailand and I was contacted by Shane before he arrived,” Chris said. “He said he would be stopping off here before he travelled on to Australia, Fiji and America.

“He said he needed a break away from Ireland for a bit and he just wanted to relax on a remote beach,” he explained. “He did not follow that girl [Jennifer Hannigan] to Thailand at all,” insisted Mr Clancy.

Mr Clancy added that Shane seemed to be improving during the holiday and his relieved family believed his depression was lifting.

“Shane had a great time with myself and my Thai wife in Bangkok. He was a bit depressed but seemed to be getting happier as time went by,” Chris said.

“I sent him to my friend’s beach resort, which is two hours south of Bangkok, and he had a good time there also,” he revealed. “My friend said he just relaxed on the beach and was reading a book about the new American president.”

The image is in stark contrast to the disturbed young man who unleashed a savage attack on his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, her boyfriend Seb Creane and Seb’s brother Dylan on August 23.

Earlier this summer, Shane called off a charity fundraising trip to India citing personal reasons.

Gardai are investigating whether Shane Clancy, who murdered Seb Creane (22) before killing himself, may have misused anti-depressants that had been prescribed for him just a week before the tragic night.

Earlier this week Shane’s father, Patrick Clancy, spoke of the devastation and confusion he felt when gardai turned up on his doorstep to say that he had been involved in a stabbing incident.

“I still don’t believe my son was in his right mind. Shane could have never lived with what he had done,” Mr Clancy said. “Shane was a pacifist and I don’t think he knew what rage or anger was and when it hit him, it was too late. A few seconds and everything was gone.”

clairemurphy@herald.ie

– Claire Murphy

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ZOLOFT: NY Judge to Allow Zoloft Defense in Assault Case

Paragraphs two and three read: “The attorney for Coram resident Brandon Hampson says he plans to argue that his client became violent and beat Lisa Essling on Aug. 25, 2006, because he stopped taking the popular antidepressant Zoloft days before the attack.”

“Nassau County District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer said Friday that she will allow a defense witness to testify that withdrawl from the antidepressant can cause a person to become aggressive.”

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NY judge to allow “Zoloft defense” in assault case

August 22, 2009 By The Associated Press

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) A Long Island judge has said she will allow a man accused of punching and kicking his former girlfriend to use the so-called “Zoloft defense.”

The attorney for Coram resident Brandon Hampson says he plans to argue that his client became violent and beat Lisa Essling on Aug. 25, 2006, because he stopped taking the popular antidepressant Zoloft days before the attack.

Nassau County District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer said Friday that she will allow a defense witness to testify that withdrawl from the antidepressant can cause a person to become aggressive.

Prosecutors say they strongly disagree with the court’s decision.

Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer Inc. has said there’s not evidence to suggest that discontinuing the drug can cause violent behavior.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Police Stop Man From Committing Suicide: England

Paragraphs two and three read: “The attorney for Coram resident Brandon Hampson says he plans to argue that his client became violent and beat Lisa Essling on Aug. 25, 2006, because he stopped taking the popular antidepressant Zoloft days before the attack.”

“Nassau County District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer said Friday that she will allow a defense witness to testify that withdrawl from the antidepressant can cause a person to become aggressive.”

http://www.newsday.com/ny-judge-to-allow-zoloft-defense-in-assault-case-1.1388026

NY judge to allow “Zoloft defense” in assault case

August 22, 2009 By The Associated Press

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) A Long Island judge has said she will allow a man accused of punching and kicking his former girlfriend to use the so-called “Zoloft defense.”

The attorney for Coram resident Brandon Hampson says he plans to argue that his client became violent and beat Lisa Essling on Aug. 25, 2006, because he stopped taking the popular antidepressant Zoloft days before the attack.

Nassau County District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer said Friday that she will allow a defense witness to testify that withdrawl from the antidepressant can cause a person to become aggressive.

Prosecutors say they strongly disagree with the court’s decision.

Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer Inc. has said there’s not evidence to suggest that discontinuing the drug can cause violent behavior.

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Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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