Psychiatrist testifies in Maine murder trial

Posted Dec. 18, 2008, at 10:02 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:44 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine man accused of killing his former girlfriend and his father may have been mentally ill, but the steps he took after the killings in June 2007 convinced a forensic psychiatrist that the defendant knew what he was doing was wrong.

Dr. John Young, of Middlebury, Vt., testified that after bludgeoning his girlfriend, John Okie returned to the scene to slit her throat — and take her cell phone. Young said Okie told him he wanted to make the crime scene in Wayne appear that anyone could have done it.

After killing of his father at home in Newcastle, Young said Okie suggested to investigators that the killer might be a former employee.

Experts have testified that Okie had all or most of the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. But prosecutors contend Okie was aware of his wrongdoing.

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