Psychologists split over Atascadero killer’s sanity
March 5, 2015
Psychologists disagree over whether an Atascadero man was legally sane when he killed his neighbor. [KSBY]
Last week, a San Luis Obispo County jury found Mark Andrews, 51, guilty of first degree murder. Andrews shot and killed Colleen Barga-Millbury, 52, in 2013 and has since used an insanity plea in his defense.
Andrews’ trial is currently in a second phase in which jurors will rule on his sanity at the time of the murder. Thus far, three psychologists have testified, with two concluding he was insane and one saying that he was sane.
A fourth psychologist will testify Thursday and will likely state that Andrews was sane at the time of the killing. Both of the psychologists called by the defense have ruled Andrews insane, while the psychologist called by the prosecution on Wednesday said he was sane at the time of the murder.
In her explanation of Andrews’ sanity, forensic psychologist Brandi Mathews cited a recording produced after the murder in which Andrews told his mother that he knew what he did was wrong. Mathews also testified that she did not believe God was commanding Matthews to kill Barga-Milbury.
If that was the case, he would not have tried to hide the crime, Mathews said.
Andrew’s attorney Ilan Funke Bilu has argued that the defendant believed he was a werewolf and Barga-Milbury was a vampire. God commanded Andrews to kill the vampire, Funke-Bilu told jurors.
Andrews has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is believed to have suffered from the disease for the past 20 years.