ANTIDEPRESSANT/HEAD INJURY: Man Made Violent Threats, Possible Murderer, UT

In a letter to the court, a therapist reported that due to a severe head
injury Mortensen suffered in a fall off a cliff in 1994, his “daily functioning”
was “extremely limited,” and going to jail would hinder his treatment.

The therapist wrote that Mortensen was on medication to treat depression, and
that his condition made full-time employment difficult. Judge Steven Hansen
ultimately ruled that Mortensen was not mentally ill and sentenced him to 45
days of home confinement.

Months
before the sentencing in 1999, Mortensen and his wife at the time sought
protective orders against each other. In her petition for a protective order,
Mortensen’s wife said he had been “acting really crazy.”

“He told me that he could see the devil and that he had been borne by the
devil rather than by God,” the petition states.

She claimed that Mortensen, who she said was “addicted to marijuana” and
drank often, threw her against a wall and slapped her face. Her petition also
states that Mortensen frequently picked on her son and said he was going to kill
him.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700006613/Son-of-slain-BYU-professor-Kay-Mortensen-has-history-of-violent-crime.html

Son
of slain BYU professor Kay Mortensen has history of violent crime

By Paul Koepp

Deseret
News

Published:
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 5:45 p.m. MST

PAYSON — A Payson man named as a “person of interest” in the slaying of his
father has previously made violent threats against family members and others,
court documents state.

Investigators say Roger Mortensen and his wife, Pamela, have made
inconsistent statements about what happened Nov. 16, the night retired BYU
professor Kay Mortensen, 70, was found with his throat slashed in a bathtub in
his Payson Canyon home. Authorities have labeled both as persons of interest in
the homicide case.

On July 13, 1996, Roger Mortensen was driving down Mineral
Basin Road in American Fork Canyon on a four-wheeler when he passed a car full
of Boy Scouts, according to an affidavit filed in 4th District Court. For
reasons that are unclear, Mortensen became “very upset,” stopped and pulled out
a handgun, the affidavit states.

He allegedly began yelling and pointed the gun at the driver’s head. The
driver continued down to a camp near Timpanogos Cave and reported the assault to
authorities, who tracked down Mortensen and found him with the gun and a
marijuana pipe, the affidavit states.

Mortensen was charged with aggravated assault, drug possession and receiving
stolen property after detectives discovered he had a $4,000 radar unit belonging
to the Utah Highway Patrol. A prosecutor stated in court papers that Mortensen
was employed by UHP at the time, but the agency says it has no record of him
working there.

Mortensen pleaded no contest to reduced charges of theft and exhibiting a
dangerous weapon, and was given probation.

When Mortensen was charged with theft in 1997 for
allegedly helping his roommate steal dozens of tools from an Orem hardware store
where Mortensen worked as a cashier, a jury found him guilty but mentally
ill.

In a letter to the court, a therapist reported that due to a severe head
injury Mortensen suffered in a fall off a cliff in 1994, his “daily functioning”
was “extremely limited,” and going to jail would hinder his treatment.

“He remembers how he used to be and has not yet accepted his limitations,”
the letter states.

The therapist also said that when Mortensen had previously been in jail, he
was threatened and beaten by a group of inmates, and would later receive notices
when one of the inmates who had gone to prison had a parole hearing.

“This terrifies Roger,” the letter states. “He is afraid he will be killed if
he goes to jail.”

The therapist wrote that Mortensen was on medication to treat depression, and
that his condition made full-time employment difficult. Judge Steven Hansen
ultimately ruled that Mortensen was not mentally ill and sentenced him to 45
days of home confinement.

Months
before the sentencing in 1999, Mortensen and his wife at the time sought
protective orders against each other. In her petition for a protective order,
Mortensen’s wife said he had been “acting really crazy.”

“He told me that he could see the devil and that he had been borne by the
devil rather than by God,” the petition states.

She claimed that Mortensen, who she said was “addicted to marijuana” and
drank often, threw her against a wall and slapped her face. Her petition also
states that Mortensen frequently picked on her son and said he was going to kill
him.

In his petition seeking a protective order against her, Mortensen said his
wife lied about the assaults and warned him that her son had friends in a gang
who would kill him. The couple soon divorced.

Mortensen was later convicted of violating the protective order by making
harassing phone calls. A judge ordered him to take an anger management
class.

In a separate case in Spanish Fork, Mortensen entered a
plea in abeyance in 2003 for providing alcohol to a minor after an altercation
with his stepson.

Greg Skordas, an attorney representing Roger and Pamela Mortensen, said his
client “just can’t say anything at this
time.”

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LEXAPRO: Murder: Defense of Involuntary Intoxication: Louisiana

First two paragraphs read:  “A Baton Rouge man is not
criminally responsible for the murder of his ex-fiancée and attempted murder of
one of her neighbors in 2008 because he was involuntarily intoxicated at the
time,
one of his attorneys told a jury Wednesday.”

Defense lawyer
Tommy Damico argued in his opening statement that Frederick Dominique Reed
Jr. had a violent reaction to the prescribed anti-depressant

Lexapro, which he began taking in early August
2008.”

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Murder trial defense: Intoxication

  • By JOE GYAN JR.
  • Advocate staff writer
  • Published: Jan 28, 2010 – Page: 2B

A Baton Rouge man is not
criminally responsible for the murder of his ex-fiancée and attempted murder of

one of her neighbors in 2008 because he was involuntarily intoxicated at the
time, one of his attorneys told a jury Wednesday.

Defense lawyer Tommy
Damico argued in his opening statement that Frederick Dominique Reed Jr. had a
violent reaction to the prescribed anti-depressant Lexapro, which he began
taking in early August 2008.

But a prosecutor countered that Reed was
“very calculated’’ in hunting down Mia Reid and shooting her at her
Scotlandville apartment while she slept next to her 10-year-old daughter on Aug.
23, 2008.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Morvant also noted in her
opening statement that Reid’s request for a temporary restraining order against
Reed was denied Aug. 12, 2008, and that a hearing on a permanent protective
order was to be held Aug. 26, 2008.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s
deputies arrested Reed on a count of domestic abuse battery in March 2008, but
Reid dropped the complaint, her temporary restraining order petition
stated.

At the end of July 2008, Reid and her daughter moved out of an
apartment near Siegen Lane that they shared with Reed to a new apartment in
north Baton Rouge, friends and relatives have said.

Reed, 39, is charged
with second-degree murder in the killing of Reid, 31, and attempted
second-degree murder in the wounding of Richard Kuti.

A second-degree

murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

State
District Judge Tony Marabella is presiding over the trial, which will resume
today.

Morvant told jurors that Reed first entered apartment 23 at the
Ashley Oak complex on Rosenwald Road and shot Kuti three times while he slept,
then went to apartment 33 and shot Reid.

“While Mia Reid is sleeping on
an air mattress with her 10-year-old daughter, he shoots her twice,’’ Morvant
said.

Later, as authorities closed in on him on Villa Drive, Reed tried
to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest, she said.

Kuti and
his roommate, Courvasier Jones, testified they did not know Reed or Reid. Jones
said he heard shots and Reed appeared in his room asking for Reid. He said he
told Reed that he did not know Reid or where she was, and Reed
left.

“When I was wrapping up his (Kuti’s) arm with an Ace bandage, I
heard more shots,’’ Jones testified.

Meghan Green, who said Reid was her
best friend, testified she raced to Reid’s apartment complex after Reid’s
daughter called her.

“When (she) jumped into my arms, she had Mia’s
bloody cell phone,’’ Green testified.

Damico asked the jury to “keep an
open mind’’ and not have an “emotional or gut reaction’’ to the tragic events
that he argued were “not the legal fault’’ of his client.

“This is not a
case about who did it or how it was done,’’ he said. “It is about why it
happened and what caused it.’’

Damico added that Reed’s involuntary

intoxication was the “direct cause’’ of the shootings.

“The drug did not
interact with Frederick Reed as it was prescribed to do,’’ he said. “Some people
are affected in very dangerous ways.’’

“But for the involuntary
intoxication, Frederick Reed would not have committed these acts,’’ he
added.

Louisiana law says an offender is exempt from criminal
responsibility if intoxication is involuntary and the circumstances indicate the
condition was the direct cause of the commission of the
crime.

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