BECKLEY - The murder trial of 33 year old Jeremy James Lambert
resumed Tuesday after Monday’s weather cancellation.
The trial began with an expert witness, called by the
defense, to testify on Lambert's mental state. With this testimony the defense
hopes to prove that Lambert was unable to pre-meditate the murder due to
existing mental disorders. Raleigh County Prosecutor Kristen Keller cross
examined the witness, finding loopholes in his original statements.
Doctor Lawson Bernstein is a Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychiatrist,
who specializes in post- traumatic - stress – disorder (PTSD). Bernstein
testified that he evaluated certain records involving Lamberts medical history,
but based parts of his diagnosis on a face-to-face interview with the
defendant. Bernstein said he does not believe Lambert was able to pre-meditate
the murder of Cyan Maroney while suffering from these various mental diseases...one
of which is a chronic case of p-t-s-d.
Bernstein said, "if you're one to two years out and
you're still symptomatic, the likelihood of it going away; either spontaneously
or with treatment is pretty low. There is chronic (like any medical disorder)
there is chronic PTSD. He suffers from chronic PTSD."
The defense attorney Mary Dyer asked, “Did those mental
defects, or diseases render Jeremy incapable of pre-meditating or forming intent
to kill Cyan Maroney?” and Bernstein answered, “3 of them did. I don't believe
the alcohol use would have met the criteria for diminishing capacity."
The case will resume Wednesday, so stick with Newswatch
on - air and online as we follow the trial through deliberation.