ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WJZ) – Both sides made their case in the Capital Gazette mass shooting lawsuit. The hope is that the pleadings begin on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, the last prosecution witness, a psychiatrist, was back on the stand. The doctor said he questioned the accused for almost 20 hours.

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On the last day of testimony, the psychiatrist told the court that Jarrod Ramos decided he wanted to attack the Capital Gazette in early 2016, more than two years before the mass shooting.

In his testimony, the psychiatrist said that the defendant told him that he had shaved and cut his hair in order to blend in with the crowd. He also said the defendant set off a timer on his watch and wore it upside down on his wrist so he could monitor the time while holding the gun.

The doctor also told the court that the accused did not want to die that day. He said the fact that the accused called 911 after the shooting shows that he could appreciate the criminality of his driving.

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A defense attorney cross-examined the psychiatrist for hours. The psychiatrist only interviewed the accused and his sister, and the last interview with the accused was over a year ago.

The defense attorney also pointed out that the doctor did not interview nurses or correctional officers who interacted with the accused. The defense attorney asked why the doctor did not extend the interviews to other family members, friends or people who interacted with the accused.

Defense counsel’s line of questioning attempted to argue that the accuracy of the information in the doctor’s over 100 page report could have been the accused’s perception and without additional sources it could be inaccurate.

David Jaros, professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Baltimore, followed the case.

“These are tough topics about what it means to be able to control yourself,” Jaros said. “In fact, we gave the jury a pretty difficult job, because at the end of the day, although we can give them instructions that this is what the law requires, they are the ones who are going to have to take all that evidence and make some sort of determination as to whether or not he could control himself.

The judge said the hope is that closing arguments will begin on Thursday so the jury can be given instructions for deliberations.





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