Saturday, June 23, 2007

Narcissist knew right from wrong

By Hilary Russ
June 15, 2007

Martin Kelly, a forensic psychiatrist testifying for the prosecution at the murder trial of Thomas Toolan III told jurors in Nantucket Superior Court today that, in his opinion, Toolan did not have a mental disease or defect that made him either unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his alleged crime, or unable to stop himself from allegedly committing it.

Kelly based his opinion on an analysis of Toolan’s medical records and a nearly three-hour interview with Toolan, conducted in May at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. Kelly also testified that in his opinion, Toolan did suffer from some degree of narcissistic, anti-social personality disorder and a substance abuse disorder.

Toolan is accused of the Oct. 2004 murder of Elizabeth Lochtefeld, his former girlfriend. Lochtefeld, 44, was found stabbed to death inside her Nantucket condominium.

Kelly said that medical records showed that Toolan had tried to commit suicide as a teenager by taking Valium with alcohol after a relationship ended.

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