Psychiatrist: Murder suspect thought he was ‘doing the world a favor’

Posted Dec. 16, 2008, at 9:39 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:44 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A psychiatrist says a 22-year-old man on trial for two counts of murder thought he was “doing the world a favor” by killing his former girlfriend because he believed she was part of an evil group trying to take over his mind.

The defense began presenting witnesses Monday in the trial of John A. Okie. He’s charged with killing 19-year-old Alexandra “Aleigh” Mills in Wayne and then his father six days later in Newcastle.

Okie’s lawyer, who’s using an insanity defense, is seeking to show that Okie was mentally ill and incapable of understanding what he was doing at the time of the killings in July 2007.

Okie didn’t appear to be interested in Monday’s proceedings in Kennebec County Superior Court. At one point, he closed his eyes and appeared to be asleep.

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