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Psychiatrist: DeSoto may suffer from psychotic disorder, depression

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Clones, voices, and conspiracy: are these reasons why Chad DeSoto went on a rampage through Tumon in February?  During today's hearing questions continued to be raised as to whether DeSoto understood that his actions were wrongful. And while Dr. Michael Kim testified yesterday that DeSoto was legally sane at the time of the incident, testimony today from expert witness off-island forensic psychiatrist Dr. Karen Fukutaki disputed his diagnosis.

"He described what he was experiencing over the months prior to February 12, 2013 and what he described indicated increasing level of disorganization it would appear to be psychotic symptoms that were confirmed when I was able to review the FBI summary of their discussion with Reanne, his girlfriend," Fukutaki said.

Dr. Fukutaki described the delusional thoughts, paranoia, and belief in a conspiracy, symptoms she believes indicates psychosis. She stated that DeSoto's paranoia extended to his physician Dr. Akimoto, as well as his girlfriend Reanne whom he believed had died and was replaced by a clone and his siblings who he also believed were replaced by another entity. "He was saying things he was hearing voices telling him to kill himself the other delusional thoughts he had were about the eating and once he was in prison he believed if he stepped on cracks he would be punished that if he killed himself or committed violence he would be cause to suffer less when the world ended in 2013," she explained.

Dr. Fukutaki confirmed that Dr. Kim was in the best position to evaluate DeSoto's state of mind at the time because his evaluation occurred only two weeks after the incident, but she still disagrees with his evaluation. "What struck me about Dr. Kim's report," she stated, "is that he was never able to actually get information from DeSoto about what happened about what his thinking was at the time Mr. Desoto told him I believe that he was hearing voices, and I don't remember that Dr. Kim followed up on that.

"Mr. Desoto told me later that he was reluctant to tell Dr. Kim what he was really thinking and experiencing because he believed that Dr. Kim was part of this conspiracy against him."

Taking into account the symptoms DeSoto reported experiencing, the reports made by police officers at the time of the incident and what she saw during her evaluation Dr. Fukutaki believes that DeSoto suffers from an unspecified psychotic disorder as well as a depressive disorder.

She added that because of his mental illness, DeSoto lacks the capacity to know or understand what he was doing was wrong. "It was my opinion that because of the degree of his thought disorganization his delusional thinking and his lack of reality base thinking that he didn't understand what he was doing he didn't understand that if he stabbed somebody they would permanently be dead his belief was that they would come back he also believed that these people were trying to hurt him," she said.

And with two contradicting expert witness testimonies the court will hear from the final expert witness tomorrow. 

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