Evan Gargiulo: Psychologist Concludes Defendant Insane

[Note: Persons accused of a crime in the United States are presumed innocent until proven guilty.]

The trial involving Evan Gargiulo has begun in Fairfax, Virginia.

According to The Washington Post, a psychologist, Stanton E. Samenow, testified for the defense noting that Evan Gargiulo, accused of murder, was insane at the time that the victim, Mazhar Nazir was shot. Dr. Samenow made this determination after interviewing Mr. Gargiulo for a number of hours.

Dr. Samenow stated that Mr. Gargiulo’s anger at being robbed and his fear of Mr. Nazir caused Mr. Gargiulo to shoot Mr. Mazhir, the Post reported.

Samenow said Gargiulo’s dismay at being robbed and his “enormous fear” of Nazir caused him to shoot without thinking of the consequences. “I haven’t encountered somebody with this level of fear,” Samenow said. He said there is no formal definition of Gargiulo’s mental condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the accepted reference book for courts trying to parse mental illness and criminal culpability.

A videotape of Mr. Gargiulo’s interview with the police was played at the trial.