Defense rests in Pollard murder trial
The Cinema X murder trial in Ottumwa is winding.
In Monday morningâ??s testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Bruce Pollard, the defense called Clinical Forensics Psychologist Craig Rypma to the stand.
Dr. Rypma performed two diminished capacity evaluations on Pollard, one in March and another in May. He believes Pollard had been misdiagnosed for his entire life and given medications that made his conditions worse.
Dr. Rypma testified that he diagnosed Pollard with post-traumatic stress disorder, a personality disorder not otherwise specified with features of both anti-social personality and borderline personality disorder, among other mental health issues.
He says Pollardâ??s identity, particularly as it related to his sexuality, was very fragile.
â??I truly believe he thought that he would rather commit a burglary than he would be would seen as having been sexually accosted by Mr. (Kenneth) McDaniels and as strange as that may seem to someone that hasn't been exposed to Bruceâ??s life, I think it was right on the money with regard on how Bruce conducted his life,â?? said Dr. Rypma.
Dr. Rypma went on to testify that at the time of Kenneth McDanielâ??s death, Pollard exhibited something similar to an alcoholic blackout, a type of disconnect in which his mind was more or less on automatic.
However the prosecution presented rebuttal evidence and called Dr. Anna Salter to the stand, a psychologist, who said she had never heard of a blackout outside of having to do with alcohol and that pollard's recounting of the timeline of events did not indicate that he had a so-called "blackout.â??
â??I saw no evidence of a blackout. I don't believe that he's ever described a blackout," said Salter. "He knew where he was that day. He talked to me about remembering what he did, just he said, 'Sometimes because we were fighting there are details, I may not get all the details right.â?? But from the very beginning to the end, he knew he was in the theater, he knew he was fighting with, he did not disassociate at any point so I don't know where the blackout idea came from, but I don't believe Mr. Pollard is claiming a blackout.â??
Both the state and the defense rested their case and closing arguments are set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013.