ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder: Man Kills Wife: Has No Memory of it: Trial: Cal…

THE MEMORY LAPSES IN THESE CASES ARE FAR TOO COMMON. HOW DO YOU RECALL KILLING SOMEONE IN AN ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED SLEEP STATE-THE REM SLEEP BEHAVIOR DISORDER??????? (www.drugawareness.org)

Paragraphs 13 & 14 read: “Throughout the case and repeatedly during the trial, Doud has said he has no memory of killing his wife. He has said the memory lapse is similar to one he experienced in December 2002 when he was missing in the Sierra Nevada wilderness near Yosemite for several days. When he was located that time, Doud said he had no idea how or why he ended up snow camping in the mountains.”

“During the trial Tuesday, small details about the case surfaced, including that Doud has been taking anti-depressant medication for anxiety since before his disappearance in 2002 and that, after his wife’s death, he wrote a letter to his children asking them if they believed he killed their mother.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/centralcoast/ci_13039336

One witness left in Marshall Doud murder trial

By Jennifer Squires

Posted: 08/11/2009 07:42:28 PM PDT
Updated: 08/11/2009 07:44:11 PM PDT

SANTA CRUZ – After four days on the witness stand, accused murderer Marshall Doud stepped down Tuesday afternoon and his attorney rested his case.

Doud was the only defense witness to testify during the jury trial, which began Aug. 4 and could send the 43-year-old to state prison for the rest of his life. He is accused of allegedly smothering his wife, Morgana, 42, early on Sept. 4, 2007.

Doud, whose testimony was interrupted by hours of video-taped footage of his interviews with police, testified that he does not remember killing his wife. He claims he suffered a blind spot in his memory around the time his wife died.

Prosecutor Andrew Isaac plans to call Dr. James Missett, a psychiatrist, as a rebuttal witness Wednesday. Missett, a San Francisco Bay Area-doctor, likely will be the last person to testify and closing arguments are expected Thursday.

Outside of court, Isaac said Missett will address the psychiatric validity of the claims Doud has made. The doctor has reviewed the case file and Doud’s testimony in preparation for Wednesday’s court appearance.

Isaac added that the District Attorney’s Office has consulted with medical experts from the onset of the case because investigators suspected Doud would use a mental health defense.

The defense did not utilize any expert witnesses, but Doud testified at length about his mental health history and his experiences on the day his wife died.

Doud told jurors that he woke up around 1:30 a.m. that day to use the bathroom, then walked downstairs in his Mentel Avenue home to check on his children, who were all asleep, and watched the creatures in the family’s saltwater fishtank.

But then he suffered some sort of blackout, Doud testified. He “woke up” on the top of the staircase terrified and unsure of what time or day it was. Doud testified that he lost about two hours of his memory.

“It’s scary. It’s difficult to describe,” Doud told the jury Tuesday. “It’s like turning around and not seeing anything.”

Overwhelmed with fear, Doud got dressed and fled his house in the middle of the night, he testified. He drove to his Scotts Valley office, then into the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he passed the day sitting on a rock in the woods trying to make sense of the thoughts in his head. At dusk, he walked back to his pickup and decided to contact his therapist, he testified.

The effort to reach his doctor brought Doud to Santa Cruz police headquarters, where he was able to meet with the therapist but was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife.

Throughout the case and repeatedly during the trial, Doud has said he has no memory of killing his wife. He has said the memory lapse is similar to one he experienced in December 2002 when he was missing in the Sierra Nevada wilderness near Yosemite for several days. When he was located that time, Doud said he had no idea how or why he ended up snow camping in the mountains.

During the trial Tuesday, small details about the case surfaced, including that Doud has been taking anti-depressant medication for anxiety since before his disappearance in 2002 and that, after his wife’s death, he wrote a letter to his children asking them if they believed he killed their mother.

Monday, the prosecution introduced a letter written the night of Morgana’s death by one of Doud’s sons in which the teenager stated his father was going to kill the whole family.

Two of the couple’s three teenage children, who found their mother dead on her bed, have been called to testify against their father.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder Attempt: Man Given 6 Years in Prison: Illinois

Paragraphs 13 & 14 read:  “Hrehorowicz’s attorney, Urszula Czuba-Kaminski, asked for the minimum sentence, saying Hrehorowicz was never violent before last year’s incident and isn’t likely to be again.”

“She also blamed depression, medication and the stress of a divorce for Hrehorowicz’s actions.”

http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2009/08/27/59514073/index.xml

North Aurora man gets six years in prison in attempted murder

By KATE THAYER – kthayer@kcchronicle.com

ST. CHARLES – “Unchecked emotions” resulted in a prison sentence for a North Aurora man who tried to kill his wife, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Timothy Sheldon sentenced Dariusz Hrehorowicz, 38, to six years in prison for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful restraint charges. Hrehorowicz was convicted in June after a jury trial.

Prosecutors said Hrehorowicz attacked his wife in January 2008 – about two weeks after she filed for divorce. In the attack, he placed a plastic bag over her head before she was able to get away and run to a neighbor’s home.

Sheldon remarked on the “high emotions of divorce court” spilling into felony court before sentencing Hrehorowicz to six years in prison.

“There are high consequences for these unchecked emotions,” he said.

Sentencing laws required that Sheldon sentence Hrehorowicz to between six to 30 years in prison for attempted first-degree murder.

Sheldon said he considered Hrehorowicz’s two young daughters and his lack of criminal history when he handed down the minimum sentence.

He also ordered Hrehorowicz pay for costs the county incurred hiring a Polish translator.

Through that translator, Hrehorowicz told Sheldon he was sorry for his actions.

“I feel my wife could have been a little frightened because I argued with her and I feel very sorry about that,” the translator said in court Wednesday.

Assistant State’s Attorney David Belshan asked Sheldon to sentence Hrehorowicz to nine years in prison to deter others from committing a similar crime and because Hrehorowicz lacked remorse in his written statement to Sheldon.

“He is not remorseful … in fact he blames [his wife],” Belshan said, adding that Hrehorowicz also blames prosecutors for his conviction and has “great disdain” for his estranged wife.

Hrehorowicz’s attorney, Urszula Czuba-Kaminski, asked for the minimum sentence, saying Hrehorowicz was never violent before last year’s incident and isn’t likely to be again.

She also blamed depression, medication and the stress of a divorce for Hrehorowicz’s actions.

Hrehorowicz’s wife did not speak in court and declined to comment after the hearing. She submitted a victim impact statement to Sheldon before the sentencing.

Hrehorowicz likely will be eligible for parole in about 3 1/2 years because of sentencing laws and time he served in jail since his arrest.

June’s jury trial was the third attempt after two mistrials. In the first, a jury could not reach a decision after a day of deliberating. The second mistrial was declared after Hrehorowicz’s wife – the first witness to testify at trial – fainted as she took the stand

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