Hamilton Schizophrenic or Not

Clincial Psycologist David Schmidt was the final witness for Tamir Hamilton's defense team in district court. He told the jury he administered a series of test on Hamilton in October 2006 and in January 2008.

"Take my tests and try hard. And I think there was a good rapport, he was friendly he was cooperative, on specific measures of effort he was giving forth a good effort."

Schmidt says that battery of tests shows Tamir Hamilton is "very normal" except for two categories where his cognitive function was lower than normal. That in part means, Schmidt testified that Hamilton could have a job, friends, and take care of himself for the most part, until he would experience a psychotic break. That happened Schmidt testified on September 14, 2006, the night of Holly Quick's murder.

"I did reach a conclusion. I believe he was suffering a psychotic episode and paranoid schizophrenia was the cause of that psychotic break."

Schmidt was the last witness for the defense at this time. In Rebuttal the prosecution put psychiatrist Ole Theinhaus. He said he did a clinical interview with Tamir Hamilton earlier this month. In his opinion Dr. Theinhaus said, it is extremely unlikely Hamilton suffers from schizophrenia, and does not meet Nevada's legal standard of being insane.
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