Defense attorneys have begun presenting their case in the trial of a 22-year-old man charged with murdering an ex-girlfriend and his father.
John Okie’s younger sister testified that Okie was first hospitalized for odd behavior in 2004 when he told her he believed he had to do cocaine to avoid getting cancer. The defense also called a doctor to the stand who testified about Okie’s mental status.
The diagnosis from several psychiatrists and psychologists familiar with 24 year old John Okie is acase of paranoid schizophrenia. Doctors also contend that he was delusional, and hallucinatingwhen he killed his father in their Newcastle home, six days after murdering former classmate Aleigh Mills.
While on the stand, his mother, Karen Okie, told the jury she missed her husband very much and tried to get her son the help and the medication he needed to function normaly.