Psychiatrist says Archer’s mind abnormal during stabbing

Posted Jan. 14, 2010, at 1:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine – A local psychiatrist testified that David Archer’s state of mind was “abnormal” when he stabbed his ex-girlfriend twice nearly two years ago

outside a Hudson Street apartment in Bangor.

“With all the drugs he had in his system,” Dr. Epiphanes Balian told the jury Thursday in the third day of the trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center. “the defendant definitely was intoxicated at the time of the events.”

Archer is charged with attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault.

His former girlfriend testified Tuesday that Archer, 35, of Bangor stabbed her twice on the evening of April 26, 2008, outside the apartment of mutual friends.

The doctor told the jury Thursday morning that Archer had not slept for several days leading up to the incident. Balian also said that the defendant’s of lack sleep combined with his use of cocaine, the prescription drugs he had abuse and his normal methadone dose meant his brain was not functioning

normally at the time of the stabbing.

Balian also testified that the drugs also exacerbated Archer’s poor impulse control.

A psychiatrist for the defense is expected to testify Thursday afternoon.

Archer’s father, Darryl Archer of California, told the jury his son did not have reputation for violence.

Before the trial convened for the third day, a friend of Archer’s, Crystal Doucette, 29, of Bangor, was arrested inside the courthouse on two warrants

out of Penobscot County for failing to appear in court. Both were for failing to appear at the same courthouse where Archer’s trial is being held

on theft charges.

The defendant is expected to take the stand late Thursday or Tuesday morning. The trial will be recessed until next week due to a state shutdown

day Friday and Martin Luther King Day on Monday.

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