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December 11, 2004

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Right pill, wrong patient
The Times - London,England,UK
... and probably also his father, upon whom Mr Micawber is loosely based, exhibited many of the classic signs of manic depression, now known as bipolar disorder. ...

Jury deadlocked on whether woman who ran over man she called 'road ...
KESQ - Palm Desert,CA,USA
... the man "road kill.". West's attorney contend her client was bipolar and in the middle of a manic episode. Yesterday, a judge declared ...

Lawyers: State of mind is key Attorneys on both sides of Anson ... - Portland,ME,USA
... on medication at the time of the shooting and Paul Sumberg, one of Watland's lawyers, said Wednesday that his client has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. ...

Suspect who fatally beat med student agrees to extradition (subscription) - Philadelphia,PA,USA
... There, Ali was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, with psychotic and schizophrenic symptoms, Elbert said. Sullivan, 25, was attacked from behind on Nov. ...

Man Freed From Okla. Death Row in '99 Dies

AP Online; 12/10/2004; JULIE E. BISBEE, Associated Press Writer

AP Online


Ronald Williamson, a former death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence five days before his scheduled execution, has died, his sister said Thursday.

Williamson died Saturday at age 51, five years after he was freed from prison and nearly seven weeks after being told he had cirrhosis of the liver, Annette Hudson said.

Williamson, a second-round draft choice for the Oakland Athletics in 1971 and a star high school athlete from Ada, spent six years playing baseball for farm teams of the Oakland A's and New York Yankees, Hudson said.

When arm injuries ended his career, Williamson returned to Ada, where he had a brief marriage and held various sales jobs. He then moved back in with his parents and stopped working, Hudson said.

"From the disappointment of not making it in baseball, he turned to alcohol," Hudson said. "He just started declining."

In late 1982, the body of Deborah Sue Carter, 21, was found in a garage apartment. Williamson was arrested for the murder four years later.

Williamson _ diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder _ told authorities he recalled having a dream in which he pulled a cord around the woman's neck, but he also dreamed he stabbed her. Carter had not been stabbed.

He and another man allegedly linked to the slaying by hairs from the crime scene were convicted in the case. After 12 years, they were freed in April 1999 after DNA evidence proved their innocence; Williamson was just five days away from execution. Their civil lawsuit was settled in 2002 for an undisclosed sum.

Another man who prosecutors used to link Williamson to the crime was ultimately sentenced to death for Carter's murder.

"Ronnie was a complex person," Hudson said. "He was kind and gentle. When he was not on his medication, he was out of control."

After his release from prison, Williamson lived with his sister, unable to live on his own because of his mental problems and alcoholism.

"The only time he had happiness in his life, he told me, was his years playing baseball," Hudson said.

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Man Charged With Killing Parents in Ala.

AP Online; 12/10/2004

AP Online


Dateline: MONTGOMERY, Ala.
The son of a prominent Montgomery couple who were killed in their home Thanksgiving night has been arrested in Colorado and charged with capital murder in their deaths, police said Thursday.

Brent Springford Jr., 28, was arrested early Thursday at a mental hospital in Louisville, Colo., authorities said.

His parents, Brent and Charlotte Springford, both 62, reportedly were beaten to death. They were found the morning after Thanksgiving on the second floor of their Garden District home, police said.

The son appeared at an extradition hearing Thursday in Boulder County, Colo., and authorities said he planned to fight extradition to Alabama. He spoke with a lawyer, who said Springford did not retain him.

The Springfords had been active in civic projects in Montgomery and in Luverne, where Charlotte Springford grew up and the family owned a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant.

A man identifying himself as the younger Springford called Alabama television stations from the Colorado mental hospital in recent days. He told WSFA-TV of Montgomery that he did not kill his parents. He also spoke of suffering from bipolar disorder and other illnesses.

Police said investigators had determined a motive and recovered a weapon, but they did not disclose details.

Police have said the Springfords' black Jaguar was stolen at the time of the killings and found later near Tulsa, Okla.

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