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Forensic psychologist's report: Walmart shooting suspect 'saw zombies and demons'

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 3:48pm

A State Mental Hospital doctor has found the man accused of shooting a woman in a Conway Walmart unfit to stand trial.

According to a State Hospital forensic report filed in Faulkner County District Court last week, 30-year-old Myron Terrell “lacked the capacity to understand the proceedings against him and the capacity to effectively assist his attorney in his own defense” when examined by a forensic psychologist.

Terrell is accused of shooting Lori Martin six times while she was standing in the checkout line with her husband, Adam Martin, on Feb. 1. Both told the Log Cabin Democrat on Tuesday that they’d never seen or heard of Terrell before the shooting, and have no idea why he would have targeted Lori.

Terrell was a maintenance worker at the Walmart at the time of the shooting. He was arrested outside his apartment within hours of the shooting, and a Ruger LC9 handgun was recovered from the apartment. He is charged with attempted capital murder, a class-Y felony.

“Although his factual knowledge regarding the legal system is intact, his ability to assist in his defense is concerning,” the forensic report reads. “... Mr. Terrell’s mother, grandmother, and coworkers also frequently observed him talking to himself, including well before the alleged offense; as such, it is unlikely that this behavior is feigned or due to uncooperativeness. Additionally, Mr. Terrell has a history of delusional beliefs, as well as auditory and visual hallucinations, and is currently not receiving mental health treatment or psychotropic medications.” 

Although there was reason to think he was malingering, or faking symptoms, the doctor wrote, “there is considerable evidence to suggest that he also experiences legitimate symptoms of mental illness that could impair his capacity to testify, strategize with his attorney and adhere to a defense strategy, manifest appropriate courtroom behavior, and make rational decisions regarding his case.”

The forensic report indicates that Terrell perceived some people as “zombies” or demons, and that he “reported that he had never shot at a demon prior to the night of the alleged offense, saying ‘It was following me around. I hear it right now. It[‘s] trying to tell me to go to hell or give my soul, sell my soul.'” 

When the forensic psychologist asked Terrell if he had experienced anything unusual or bizarre in his pretrial court appearances, according to the report, Terrell said, “That b---- I shot, she was in court. It makes me mad, like really, that makes me angry. She was in court sitting next to the judge. That’s the whole point that I was in here. I can’t call the police and then this shows up (sic) in court and sits right next to the judge like nothing is wrong with it. … I wanted to walk up to where the judge was sitting and shoot her [the victim] again.” 

Lori said on Tuesday that she’d never been in a courtroom with Terrell. She is recovering and able to walk on her own. She and her husband said they don’t feel any hate for Terrell.

Terrell will stay confined in the State Mental Hospital for further review of his mental state and competency to stand trial. 

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libertas
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libertas 06/24/14 - 06:02 pm
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Uh.....

Aren't those reports supposed to be filed under seal?

lachowsj
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lachowsj 06/24/14 - 08:46 pm
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Anything wrong here?

"Mr. Terrell has a history of delusional beliefs, as well as auditory and visual hallucinations, and is currently not receiving mental health treatment or psychotropic medications.”

Yet he is able to access a gun without any apparent difficulty.

DanCDaves
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DanCDaves 06/25/14 - 12:36 pm
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You're right.

Anyone who has ever had any history of mental illness, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive, or any history of treatment for those conditions or any drug or alcohol abuse, should not have access to weapons of any kind, but most especially guns.

You don't know how he accessed the gun, so don't start this 'ability to access' mobius strip. In fact, you most likely don't know anything about him but what the news has reported, so of course you're the most eligible to diagnose what could've been done to prevent the situation.

boss7777777
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boss7777777 06/24/14 - 09:30 pm
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what happen to our medical laws

I thought under the heppi law all of our medical records are not to be told or publish

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 06/26/14 - 07:13 am
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Hang on

This being part of a police investigation it has a different standard.

If you have some diabetic event and crash your car, harming others, you have a lesser expectation of privacy. If your crazy makes you pull out a gun and shoot people, same deal.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 06/27/14 - 03:35 pm
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HIPPA applies only to

HIPPA applies only to procedures done for treatment. A forensic psychology report is not done for treatment.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 06/24/14 - 09:48 pm
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Benefit of the doubt

Sane enough to work maintenance at a supercenter

Sane enough to load a gun.

Coherent enough to land 6 shots out of 7.

Coherent enough to recognize the woman he shot as the woman he shot.

But not sane/coherent enough to stand trial.

Um ok.

Raving Bear
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Raving Bear 06/26/14 - 08:43 pm
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Uhm, no he did not recognize

Uhm, no he did not recognize her, the article clearly says she was never in the court room with him... Dudes insane, put him away in the state hospital where he cant hurt others, hurt himself or be preyed upon by felons.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 06/27/14 - 09:37 am
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I read the whole article

He never said he saw her in court, only that he knew she was in court and that he would shoot her again.

Being aware that someone is in court is not the same as seeing someone in court.

So when I said recognized her in court, I meant awareness that she was in court.

Poor word selection on my part, but regardless, I think this guy is playing the system.

He is well aware of what he did to her.

Note the fact that he said "she WAS in court", and not "WE were in court"
My guess is he was fuming that she got to testify before he did and he didn't like that. Remember the article mentioned his "factual knowledge of the legal system"

The biggest fools don't even know they are fools.

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lachowsj 06/27/14 - 07:04 am
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Don't get your undies all bunched up

The criteria for not being able to stand trial is simply that you are not able to understand the proceedings and participate meaningfully in your defense. There is an expert opinion that this may be the case with this guy. Ultimately, that determination will be made by a judge. And if that is the determination, it is not a permanent one. In other words, he could stand trial at a later time.

The determination that he cannot be tried at this time is different than an insanity defense which is based upon the ability to determine right from wrong at the time of the act.

So let's just see what happens. In any case, I don't think this guy will be walking the streets anytime soon.

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