Jeff man accused of stabbing wife presents his defense in court

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- The man who stabbed his wife nearly 60 times presented his defense Tuesday. 

Part of Dale Bagshaw's defense is he was insane at the time he killed his estranged wife Kelly and therefore can't be found guilty of murder.

However, his own expert witness seems to have struck down that defense.  A forensic psychiatrist hired by the defense said that on the day of the crime, in November 2011, Bagshaw was suffering from depression and drug and alcohol abuse.

The doctor also diagnosed Bagshaw with probable dissociative amnesia, which basically means he believes Bagshaw does not remember killing his wife. However that same doctor, hired by Bagshaw, testified that since the accused claims not to remember the crime, there's no way to determine if he knew it was wrong at the time.  Therefore Bagshaw's own expert say he cannot determine if the defendant really was legally insane when he killed his wife.

In accordance with state law, two independent, court-appointed mental health experts must also testify to Bagshaw's state of mind at the time of the crime.  On Tuesday one declared that he was not insane, the other will testify Wednesday morning.
 

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