CASE LAW UPDATE: Was defendant suffering from a mental illness at the time of the offense?
Defendant was convicted of second degree attempted murder, kidnapping, and 1st degree assault following a bench trial. Defendant raised a mental illness defense. The State’s expert witness opined that defendant was not suffering from a mental illness at the time of the offense, and instead diagnosed him with alcohol dependence disorder and anti-social personality disorder. The trial court rejected defendant’s mental illness defense. The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the trial court’s findings regarding the mental illness defense were not clearly erroneous. Affirmed.
State v. Bauer, A19-0795, Steele County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.