Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness Convincing in Montgomery Trial

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A Kansas City jury this week convicted Lisa Montgomery of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett to kidnap Stinnett’s unborn daughter. The defense expert witnesses had testified that Montgomery suffered pseudocyesis, a delusional belief that she was pregnant, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The prosecution’s forensic psychiatriy expert witness Park Dietz dismissed the pseudocyesis claim but agreed Montgomery suffered from the stress disorder. He testified that it did not rise to the level of severe mental disorder which would have been key in supportilng an insanity defense in federal court. The Kansas City Star also reports that the federal jury found Montgomery, 39, guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death.

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