Forensic Psychology Expert Witness On Brain Injuries

The murder trial of Chad Gurney resumed Wednesday at Cumberland County Superior Court. Gurney, 29, is charged in the killing of 18-year-old Zoe Sarnacki on May 25, 2009. He has waived his right to a jury and has pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors claim Gurney was legally sane when he killed Sarnacki at his Cumberland Avenue apartment. Forensic psychiatry expert witness Dr. Harold Bursztajn of Harvard Medical School was called to the stand by the defense. The expert says Gurney suffered from mood and thought disorders, primarily caused by a 2005 van crash that injured his brain.

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