ANTIDEPRESSANT, COCAINE, DEPAKOTE: Man Kills Mother, 2 Small Children, & Dog

On the morning of May 12, 2008,
Covington was admitted to University Community Hospital for a drug overdose. Tests showed he
had taken cocaine, acetaminophen and salicylate, another anti-inflammatory drug
used for mild to moderate pain, the defense filing states. Doctors also found
tricyclics, which is an antidepressant, and valproic acid, a drug used for
seizures and migraines.

The defense says a psychiatrist who
examined Covington for the case will testify that Covington’s bipolar disorder,
combined with the drugs in his system, rendered him mentally incapable of
forming the intent to commit first-degree murder.

Mental health defense pursued

By ELAINE
SILVESTRINI

esilvestrini@tampatrib.com

Published: February 2, 2010

TAMPA – A man charged with killing
and mutilating his girlfriend and her two children should not face the death
penalty because he was mentally incapable of intending to commit first-degree
murder, his attorneys say.

Lisa Freiberg and her children,
Heather Savannah, 2, and Zachary, 7, were found slain inside their Lutz mobile
home in 2008. The
family dog was also killed.

The deaths were so grisly that
investigators could not identify the bodies by looking at them.

Authorities say Edward Covington was
found huddled in a closet in the mobile home with blood on his hands, feet and
back.

The killings took place between 6
and 11 a.m. May 11, 2008, and it appeared Covington had stayed in the home
overnight, investigators say. He told detectives he killed Freiberg and her
children, according to court records.

Covington’s public
defenders
are asking a judge to allow them to
present evidence at trial about his mental condition at the time of the killings
and his mental health history, which they say dates to when he was
15.

A defense court filing says
Covington, 37, does not intend to use an insanity defense, which would be aimed
at seeking a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. Rather, the defense
hopes to persuade jurors to convict Covington of the lesser offense of
second-degree murder, making him ineligible for the death penalty.

Covington, his attorneys say, has
been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; a therapist who examined Covington in
2005, when he was working as a state corrections officer, described “classic
symptoms of rage and anger, and episodes of severe depression.”

On the morning of May 12, 2008,
Covington was admitted to
University Community Hospital for a drug overdose. Tests showed he
had taken cocaine, acetaminophen and salicylate, another anti-inflammatory drug
used for mild to moderate pain, the defense filing states. Doctors also found
tricyclics, which is an antidepressant, and valproic acid, a drug used for
seizures and migraines.

The defense says a psychiatrist who
examined Covington for the case will testify that Covington’s bipolar disorder,
combined with the drugs in his system, rendered him mentally incapable of
forming the intent to commit first-degree murder.

The charges against Covington
include three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of abuse of a dead
human body and one count of felony animal cruelty. Prosecutors are seeking the
death penalty.

Covington is being held without
bail.

According to the defense filing,
Covington tried to shoot himself in the head and was hospitalized under the
state’s Baker Act when he was 16. The next year, he overdosed on
drugs

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ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL: Mother Kills Daughter: Attempts to Kill Son: CA

Paragraph eight reads:  “At the trial, Woo’s therapist
testified that she suffered from depression and had talked
repeatedly about committing suicide after stopping
her medication.

SSRI Stories note: Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a
medication.  Withdrawal must be done slowly, over a period of a year or
more, under the supervision of a qualified specialist.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/25/BA7L1AQAUU.DTL&tsp=1

Linda Woo gets 25 to life for killing daughter

Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, November 26,
2009
(11-25) 09:01 PST SAN FRANCISCO

A San Francisco woman
who asphyxiated her 3-year-old daughter during an apparent suicide attempt in
their Ingleside Terrace home has been sentenced to 25 years to life in
prison.

Linda Woo, 43, was sentenced Tuesday in San Francisco Superior
Court by Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee for first-degree murder. Woo will serve a
concurrent term of seven years to life for the attempted murder of her
4-year-old son, who survived the incident.

On March 29, 2006, Woo was
found inside a car in her garage with her two unconscious children. The

daughter, Olive Murphy, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the boy suffered
brain injuries.

According to prosecutors, Woo told the children they were
going on a camping trip, led them into the car in the garage and lit a portable
barbecue.

Prosecutors said Woo had been trying to get back at a man who
broke off an affair with her while she was still married to the children’s
father.

When Woo didn’t bring the children to day care, the school
contacted her estranged husband. He called friends, one of whom discovered the

mother and children in the garage at 370 Moncada Way and phoned 911.

Woo,
who worked as a principal project manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in San
Francisco, was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

At the trial,
Woo’s therapist testified that she suffered from depression and had talked
repeatedly about committing suicide after stopping her medication.

Woo’s
attorney argued that Woo grappled with a “major depressive disorder” that was so
severe she was not responsible for her acts.

A San Francisco jury
convicted her in April and rejected Woo’s claims the following month that she
had been insane at the time of the incident.

E-mail Justin Berton at jberton@sfchronicle.com.

Read
more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/25/BA7L1AQAUU.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz0Y6uEMyLv

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Update: America’s Most Wanted Man: Shot 4 Relatives Dead at Thanksgiving Dinner

Paragraph six reads:  “Merhige has a history of mental
instability and took medication for depression and anxiety.
A law enforcement source has told CBS4 News the suspect had previously attempted
suicide, but U.S. Marshal’s appear convinced Merhige is still alive and on the
run.”

http://cbs4.com/local/Paul.Michael.Merhige.2.1385733.html

The top stories on CBS4.com

The crime-fighting show
America’s Most Wanted” will once again profile the Thanksgiving night massacre
in Jupiter that left four family members dead and one of their relatives on the
run.

The show will focus on the international manhunt for Paul Mehrige,
in partnership with the Jupiter Police and the US Marshals Service.

Host
John Walsh has a news conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on Miami Beach
where he’ll be joined by Jim Sitton, the father of the 6-year-old girl who was
killed in the shootings. Officials from the Jupiter Police Dept. and US
Marshal’s Office will also be there.

Federal authorities have already
unveiled billboards with a picture of Merhige in South Florida — one on
southbound Interstate 95 in the Delray Beach area and the second in the
Hallandale Beach area, just north of the Miami-Dade County line.

Merhige, 35, is wanted on four counts of first-degree murder charges in
the deaths of his 6-year-old cousin, 79-year-old aunt and twin sisters after
Thanksgiving dinner in Jupiter.

Merhige has a history of mental
instability and took medication for depression and anxiety. A law enforcement
source has told CBS4 News the suspect had previously attempted suicide, but U.S.
Marshal’s appear convinced Merhige is still alive and on the run.

Investigators have previously released ATM photos of Merhige withdrawing
large amounts of cash before the murders, part of what they believe was a
pre-conceived plan to be able to maneuver without leaving a trail of electronic
transactions.

He may be driving a royal blue 4-door Toyota Camry. There
is a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

If  anyone has information about Paul Michael Merhige, contact the Jupiter Police
Department at (561) 746-6201, their local law enforcement agency or Crime
Stoppers’ anonymous “TIP” phone number, 1-800-458-TIPS (8477).

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Amnesia & Murder: Man Stabs Wife to Death: Nebraska

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Serious memory loss is a common complaint as far as side
effects to antidepressants go. Even Amnesia is listed as a Frequent side effect
for Prozac in the Physicians Desk Reference.  It is no uncommon to be
unaware of what one has done on these drugs.
Also paranoia is listed as an “Infrequent” side-effect
[but not listed as Rare] in the Physicians Desk Reference for medications for
depression.  A person with paranoia should almost never be given an
antidepressant.
_____________________________
Paragraphs 12 through 16 read:  “The report says
Hollister began experiencing  ‘depressive symptoms,’ including
severe insomnia, in the summer of 2008. Financial stress, health problems and a
relative’s purported involvement with a cult contributed to his depression, the
report says.”

“Hollister reportedly became paranoid about others, whom
he believed were ‘plotting’ against him
,” the report says.  ‘He also
experienced suicidal ideation during that time period’.”

“Hollister
sought help from several medical professionals and was
prescribed medicine for depression and
insomnia.”

“On Nov. 3, Hollister called 911, saying his wife was
dead and a knife was beside her.”


http://www.omaha.com/article/20091031/NEWS01/710319900/-1/FRONTPAGE

Published Saturday October 31,
2009

Man competent for trial in wife’s death

By Todd Cooper
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

His mental
state now stabilized through medication, Robert T. Hollister has been ruled
competent to stand trial in the stabbing death of his wife, Jeanie “Ellie”
Hollister.

What doctors haven’t determined is whether the Omaha man was
sane at the time of his wife’s death on Nov. 3, 2008.

In a recent court
document, Lincoln Regional Center doctors said they needed more time to make
that determination. Hollister has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to

first-degree murder.

“Mr. Hollister is competent to stand trial,” the
regional center report says. “Further evaluation is necessary before an opinion
can be offered regarding Mr. Hollister’s mental status at the time of the
offense.”

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine acknowledged the rarity of
regional center doctors requesting more time for evaluation because they haven’t
reached a consensus regarding a defendant’s mental state at the time of a
crime.

He said a defendant isn’t necessarily insane just because he has
been battling mental illness. However, he said, attorneys will have to wait for
the further evaluation before deciding how to proceed.

With insanity
defenses, the burden shifts to defense attorneys to prove that their client was
insane at the time of the killing. It will be up to Douglas County District
Judge Marlon Polk to weigh any testimony about Hollister’s mental
state.

If the judge concludes that Hollister was insane, he most likely
would be committed indefinitely to the regional center. If the judge determines
that Hollister was sane, he would proceed to trial and, if convicted, face life
in prison.

The initial regional center report by psychiatrist Klaus
Hartmann and psychologist Mario Scalora shows that Hollister, 59, had been
battling depression for several months before the death of his

wife.

Hollister, who has no criminal record, has a master’s degree in
human resources and was employed at Omaha Bedding Co. from 1994 to
2007.

He then worked at his wife’s vintage clothing store, “Weird Wild
Stuff,” from 2007 until the time of her death.

The report says Hollister
began experiencing “depressive symptoms,” including severe insomnia, in the
summer of 2008. Financial stress, health problems and a relative’s purported
involvement with a cult contributed to his depression, the report
says.

“Hollister reportedly became paranoid about others, whom he
believed were ‘plotting’ against him,” the report says. “He also experienced
suicidal ideation during that time period.”

Hollister sought help from
several medical professionals and was prescribed medicine for depression and
insomnia.

On Nov. 3, Hollister called 911, saying his wife was dead and a
knife was beside her.

Police found Ellie Hollister dead in the couple’s
home at 4705 N. 111th Circle.

Detectives found evidence that Ellie
Hollister, 52, tried to fight off her husband, including scratch marks on Robert
Hollister’s face. Hollister told regional center doctors he had “memory lapses
related to the alleged offense.”

“Hollister demonstrated a desire for
justice,” the report says, “rather than undeserved punishment.”

Contact
the writer:

444-1275,

todd.cooper@owh.com

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: MAN KILLS 2 PRO-ABORTIONISTS AFTER ANTIDEPRESSANT PROBLEMS – MI

Paragraph two reads:  “The man charged with murdering two
people in Owosso was battling depression and was
experiencing problems with his medication.

Paragraph seven reads:  “Drake is now back in jail after
being taken to the hospital over the weekend after a suicide attempt
i
n his cell.”

http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/59342982.html

Posted: 12:48 PM Sep 15, 2009


Murder Suspect’s Family Speaks

The family of
Harlan Drake, the man charged with murdering two people in Owosso, releases a
statement about Friday’s killings.


The man charged with murdering two people in Owosso was
battling depression and was experiencing problems with his medication.

That’s according to a statement released by Harlan Drake’s
family.

His wife, mother and brother also don’t believe the
killings were in response to any grudges Drake may have had.

“We do not feel these tragic killings were premeditated, a
political statement regarding pro-life or pro-abortion factions, or out of a
grudge. We have been overwhelmed by sadness and emotion as we try to understand
what happened and why.”

Drake is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of
James Pouillon and Mike Fuoss.
He was arrested at his home shortly after the
killings Friday morning.

Investigators say he was also planning on killing a third
person.

Drake is now back in jail after being taken to the
hospital over the weekend after a suicide attempt in his cell.

A service for Mike Fuoss was held in Owosso Tuesday
morning. He was then taken to Chelsea to be buried.

James pouillon was cremated Monday after a private funeral
service–however, there will be a public memorial for him at Owosso’s football
stadium, at 1pm Wednesday.
That’s Willman Field, on the corner of S. Dewey and Grover
street.

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DEPRESSION MED: Man Who Killed Pro-Abortionists Was Having Problems with…

Paragraph two reads: “The man charged with murdering two people in Owosso was battling depression and was experiencing problems with his medication.”

Paragraph seven reads: “Drake is now back in jail after being taken to the hospital over the weekend after a suicide attempt in his cell.”

http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/59342982.html

Posted: 12:48 PM Sep 15, 2009
Murder Suspect’s Family Speaks

The family of Harlan Drake, the man charged with murdering two people in Owosso, releases a statement about Friday’s killings.
The man charged with murdering two people in Owosso was battling depression and was experiencing problems with his medication.
That’s according to a statement released by Harlan Drake’s family.
His wife, mother and brother also don’t believe the killings were in response to any grudges Drake may have had.
“We do not feel these tragic killings were premeditated, a political statement regarding pro-life or pro-abortion factions, or out of a grudge. We have been overwhelmed by sadness and emotion as we try to understand what happened and why.”
Drake is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of James Pouillon and Mike Fuoss.
He was arrested at his home shortly after the killings Friday morning.
Investigators say he was also planning on killing a third person.
Drake is now back in jail after being taken to the hospital over the weekend after a suicide attempt in his cell.
A service for Mike Fuoss was held in Owosso Tuesday morning. He was then taken to Chelsea to be buried.
James pouillon was cremated Monday after a private funeral service–however, there will be a public memorial for him at Owosso’s football stadium, at 1pm Wednesday.
That’s Willman Field, on the corner of S. Dewey and Grover street.

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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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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Pharmacist Kills Robber: Includes False Memories: Oklahoma

Paragraph 8 reads: “‘I can’t ever get rid of that, and so I’m treated with a sleeping medication and anti-depressants to try to get me past that.”

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=12&articleid=20090726_298_0_Apamcs638535

Record of OKC pharmacist involved in shooting in doubt

By NOLAN CLAY NewsOK.com
Published: 7/26/2009 8:00 AM
Last Modified: 7/26/2009 8:02 AM

A pharmacist charged with murder told police he had killed before, while overseas in the first Gulf War. But according to his military records, he was never there.

Instead, Jerome Jay Ers-land spent the war in 1991 as the pharmacy chief at the military hospital at Altus Air Force Base in southwestern Oklahoma, records show.

Ersland fatally shot a robber May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City.

The shooting attracted national attention when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder, alleging he went too far while defending himself. Military veterans rallied to his support after he described himself as an Army veteran injured during Operation Desert Storm. He told The Oklahoman in May he hurt his back during a mortar attack.

Ersland, 57, of Chickasha, insisted again Friday that he served in Iraq during the war. He said he flew overseas from Altus to supply Army troops with nerve agent antidotes and spent time in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. He said he was there for about 48 days, both before and after the war started. He said he was in the Air Force but serving as a liaison to the Army. He insisted he was injured while overseas, but didn’t know how bad he was hurt at the time. He said he hid his back injury from the military so “I wouldn’t get kicked out.”

He would not say Friday whether he killed anyone in combat.

“There’s no way to prove it,” Ersland said. “And I found out if you can’t prove it, you can’t say it. … I know now that I have to be able to prove everything on paper. … I can tell you one thing, though. That is: I do have dreams, bad nightmares, about that, every night. … That’s every night. They’re just horrible dreams, about six specific soldiers being dead … lying beside one another and they haven’t been body bagged yet and I knew all of them. And then I always dream about body parts of Iraqis, of people.

“I can’t ever get rid of that, and so I’m treated with a sleeping medication and anti-depressants to try to get me past that.”

The government last week released to The Oklahoman eight pages about Ersland’s military service, first in the Army and then in the Air Force. Reporters also reviewed other records about Ersland’s military service.

Prosecutors doubted Ersland’s accounts about his Gulf War service, and they subpoenaed his military papers from the government to check his statements. Prosecutors received a thick envelope of Ersland’s military papers Thursday.

“They verify exactly what we assumed about … his comments about his military record,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

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My Boyfriend Committed Murder Thanks to Effexor

“(His doctor) cut him off his medication ‘cold turkey’ and put him directly on Buspar.”

 

Hi. I’m very distraught. I desperately need some help. My boyfriend, who had been on 225 mg of Effexor for over a year, started having severe headaches. By the way, I need to mention that this doctor never even did bloodwork on him before putting him on anti-depressants. Steve has always been such a kind caring person. But, my soon to be ex-husband had been stalking us constantly and threatening our lives. Well, after Steve complained of these major headaches to his doctor, the doctor told him to come in for an appointment (which he did). Once there, the doctor never evaluated him. He cut him off his medication “cold turkey” and put him directly on Buspar (which takes weeks to take effect). I never knew that there was such a thing as withdrawals until I started looking for anything I can find to help Steve. You see, one week and one day after being cut off his medication like that, Steve “blacked out” and drove to my soon to be ex husbands house, and shot both my ex and my ex’s mother to death. He doesn’t even remember going there. NOW, he’s in jail, looking at two counts of first-degree murder. From all I’ve found lately, withdrawals from this terrible drug can and does trigger this in people. Plus Steve thought he had the flu. He was very sick for a week after the medication was taken from him. So, he started taking Ny-quill and Tylenol cold and flu. I just found out today that this is a HUGE no with an SSRI in your system. No one told him about ANY of this. I’m so hurt right now. I don’t want Steve to spend the rest of his life in prison (or worse) for something he had no control over. He is only 33, and we were (and still are) engaged. His doctor never warned him of these withdrawals. We didn’t even know they existed. I also found out that my ex was on massive dosages of Paxil, plus two other antianxiety and antidepressants. No wonder he acted so crazy! All that stress plus all the reactions of these medicines HAD to be what made Steve “snap”. I just hope I can help him prove it to the jury and get him acquitted. Now that he has that poison completely out of his system, he is back to being the Steve I know. Hardly anyone, even the guards can believe Steve could do something like that. They always tell me what a nice man he is! I forgot to mention, he is a Christian. He doesn’t believe in violence at all. PLEASE help me to help him. I love him, and my children and I all want him back home, where he belongs. In MY opinion, the makers of Effexor and his doctor are the ones who should go to prison. Steve isn’t the first one this has happened to apparently, and unless someone stops these people from putting dangerous drugs in people’s bodies without informing them of the risks, I’m afraid he won’t be the last one it happens to. I’m sorry I rattled on so long, but I’m desperate. I want my fiancée back! I’m also VERY scared, because MY doctor put ME on Paxil after this. Now that I’ve seen all this stuff about Paxil, as well as Effexor. I’m petrified.

I hope to hear from others who have gone through this nightmare, and maybe offer me a ray of hope for Steve.

Cheryl
sapphire_eyes2@hotmail.com

 

1/16/2002

This is Survivor Story number 48.

Total number of stories in current database is 48

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