Roxanne Jeskey Murder Trial Resumes In Bangor

Wayne Harvey

Updated 12 months ago

The murder trial of Roxanne Jeskey resumed in Bangor Monday after a holiday recess.

The judge heard testimony from a neuropsychologist who evaluated Jeskey.

Dr. Richard Doiron testified he conducted a number of tests on Roxanne Jeskey after she was arrested for the murder of her 51 year old husband Richard Jeskey in June of 2011.

Dr. Doiron said they were tests on general intellectual functioning that was a “valid and reliable measure of what she was able to do at that time.”

Jeskey had brain surgery in 2003 for seizures that could not be controlled with medication, and the doctor testified she is now low functioning, would be borderline with retardation, and she scored in the range for brain impairment. “She is brain injured in a significant way consistent with her neurological history,” said Dr. Doiron.

The doctor testified Jeskey scored very poorly on cognitive tests, and called her an individual who functioned at a higher level at one point in her life and now functions at a significantly lower level.

He says he diagnosed Jeskey with PTSD from incidents in her childhood, a cognitive disorder because of the brain surgery, and said she had a psychotic disorder of schizophrenia.

And the Doctor said she had an altered sense of reality.

Roxanne Jeskey has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The defense decided not to call Jeskey to the stand, and rested their case Monday afternoon.

Rebuttal witnesses will be called into the court room Tuesday.

There is no jury, the case will be decided by the judge.

 


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