In a civil action seeking
damages, Plaintiff Fodelmesi alleged that his confession to a double homicide
was coerced. Plaintiff's expert,
Richard Ofshe, Ph.D., offered testimony that the false confession was of a
coerced compliant type. Defendant's
expert Robinson disagreed and challenged the degree of mental retardation
suffered by the Plaintiff. The
Defendant's expert also offered evidence from the crime scene material to the
issues at hand. The jury rejected
all Plaintiffs’ claims of negligence on the part of the New York State
Police, the Duchess County Sheriff's Office, the Town of
Mr. Roberts had acknowledged the shooting death of his best friend in the course of a night's drinking. The State alleged that the shooting was an act of anger and sought conviction for murder. Defendant's expert Dr. Charles Robinson testified that the crime scene, Roberts' history and witness statements were all consistent with a failed suicide attempt the victim tried to foil. Roberts had a history of such attempts designed to bring about his "rescue" and thereby validate his right to live. In remarkable compromise, the jury found Roberts not guilty by reason of insanity. He was discharged from in-patient psychiatric care six months later.
Robert Sandy, Esq.
Please see the online publication FILICIDE: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL AND PROFILING CONDSERATIONS