Stanko defense continues mental state arguments

August 11, 2006

More talk of mental problems in a Georgetown, South Carolina courtroom yesterday.

Jurors in the Stephen Stanko double murder case were told the defendant is a psychopath who is out of control and cannot differentiate between right and wrong.

Forensic psychologist and defense expert Dr. Thomas Sachy testified that Stanko cannot control his impulses, especially when he's angry.

Also taking the stand was behavioral expert Dr. Pamela Crawford. She says Stanko exhibits anti-social tendencies.

Stanko's defense team has presented the idea that their client is mentally deficient despite an IQ of 143 during his alleged criminal spree.

Evidence presented Wednesday claims his brain activity has less function in his frontal lobe and is smaller than a normal person's.