Atascadero murder suspect believes he’s a werewolf
February 25, 2015
An Atascadero man accused of murdering his neighbor has believed for 20 years that he is a werewolf, a psychologist testified Tuesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. [KSBY]
Mark Andrews, 51, is accused of killing his neighbor Colleen Marie Barga-Millbury, 52, in May 2013. Andrews has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and is currently standing trial.
Psychologist Carolyn Murphy testified that Andrews is schizophrenic but not a psychopath. He has suffered from long-term delusions, including his belief that he transforms into a werewolf or embodies the spirit of one, she said.
Deputy District Attorney Matt Kraut countered that Murphy had not seen Andrews prior to Sept. 2013 and relied on medical records to make a determination.
Andrews has previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia. After the fatal shooting, he told police that he was not taking his medication.
Andrews also confessed that he killed Barga-Millbury, telling police that he felt an evil coming from her and that he believed she was a vampire. A judge tossed the murder confession out of court, though, ruling that Atascadero police violated Andrews’ Miranda rights while questioning him.
Prior to trial, three doctors evaluated the murder suspect’s sanity. Two concluded that he was insane at the time of the shooting, but one said that he was sane.
The murder trial resumes Wednesday at 10 a.m.