Third party doctors claim Verduzco is faking his mental illness
YAKIMA, Wash.- Two court ordered doctors say murder suspect Manuel Verduzco is faking a mental illness to avoid going to jail.
The prosecution had a chance to have a rebuttal and brought in two 3rd party medical experts Wednesday, hired by the court to take the stand, both of them claiming what they found didn't match up with the four medical experts that were brought in by the defense.
Dr. Trevor Travers and Dr. Robert Henry are psychiatrist at Eastern State Hospital and say Verduzco is malingering, which means to exaggerate an illness, has anti-social personality traits, and an alcoholic disorder.
"In your opinion, does the defendant have an apparent motivation to feign symptoms?" said Prosecutor Michael Ellis.
"Absolutely, he's trying to avoid prison," said Dr. Travers.
Both doctors that took the stand Wednesday say they ran multiple tests, all of them except one saying that he's malingering, the defense arguing that it shows inconsistency.
"How can you explain that in your case some of them are showing malingering as you say in SIRS1 but the PAI is showing no malingering?" said Defense Attorney Peter Mazzone.
"He took these tests on different days, he may have had different strategies for taking the test when he took each one," said Dr. Travers.
"Or he may be not be malingering?" said Mazzone.
"Not in my opinion," said Dr. Travers.
The prosecution also asked the experts if they agreed with the testing methods that one doctor from the defense did to determine Verduzco's mental illness.
"No, it's not a valid test. I would give it as much consideration as someone's horoscope," said Dr. Travers.
"Okay, so just cross this out?"
Both doctors also questioned the four experts research, claiming that they didn't gather enough information before making their final conclusions.
"In the 15 and a half years that I've been doing this job, this is the first case I've ever had where other evaluators didn't read my report. Its kind of baffling really to me. If you form your opinion based on incomplete data, your opinion is going to be faulty," said Dr. Travers.
The defense had an opportunity for a rebuttal and brought in one of their doctors they'd already had, testify again.