Survivors, family in newspaper attack relieved by verdict
More than three years after the attack on the Capital Gazette newspaper that left five dead, survivors and family members of victims embraced in relief and applauded the jury for quickly rejecting the gunman's plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. Outside the courthouse Thursday, Andrea Chamblee described the widespread pain and loss from one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in the U.S. “It ripples all over — the county, the state and the country,” said Chamblee, whose husband John McNamara was slain.news.yahoo.com
Survivors of newspaper attack testify at gunman's trial
Survivors of a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper described the terror of hiding for their lives under desks in their newsroom during testimony Friday at the gunman's trial to determine whether he is criminally responsible due to insanity. The sight of a shot colleague, the near miss of a shotgun blast, the passing flashlight at the end of the gunman's weapon and the sounds of shells reloading were part of their accounts of an attack that lasted only minutes but left five dead. Six people who were inside the Capital Gazette newsroom during the 2018 shooting were among the first called by prosecutors, who are trying to prove to a jury that Jarrod Ramos understood the criminality of his actions and was not insane at the time of the long-planned attack.news.yahoo.com
Expert: Newspaper gunman is autistic and delusional with OCD
The man who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper suffers from autism, obsessive compulsive disorder and delusional disorder, a mental health expert retained by his attorneys testified Tuesday during a trial to determine whether he is criminally responsible due to insanity. Dr. Catherine Yeager was the second mental health expert to testify about disorders that attorneys say afflict Jarrod Ramos in a case that will largely be a battle between mental health experts. Dr. Thomas Hyde, a neurologist and neuroscientist also retained by defense attorneys, said Ramos "falls in the milder to moderate spectrum of these problems.”news.yahoo.com
Opening statements set for newspaper shooting insanity phase
Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday in the second phase of a trial to determine whether the man who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper was legally sane at the time of the mass shooting. Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to all 23 counts against him in October 2019, but he is contending he is not criminally responsible due to mental illness. Judge Michael Wachs said during jury selection last week that a “vast majority” of the case will consist of testimony from mental health experts called by defense attorneys and prosecutors.news.yahoo.com
Psychiatrist can present findings in newspaper shooting case
More than 20 people testified over three days of pretrial hearings, including jail personnel, the detention center's warden and the sheriff of Anne Arundel County. She also said jail personnel were not instructed how to obtain information or what information to obtain. Also, the doctor asked them about items that were in the mental health and medical records that he already had received, Ripken said. There are three different mental health experts in the case. Dr. Sameer Patel, a psychiatrist with the state Health Department, has conducted a mental health evaluation of Ramos.
Lawyers to argue about psychologist in newspaper attack case
FILE - This June 28, 2018, file photo provided by the Anne Arundel Police shows Jarrod Ramos in Annapolis, Md. Lawyers are scheduled to argue about whether a psychologists observations about Ramos, who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper, should be heard by jurors who will decide whether hes criminally responsible because of his mental health. A pretrial hearing set for Wednesday, Aug. 5, relates to the second part of the case against Ramos, who already has pleaded guilty to killing five at the Capital Gazette newspaper in 2018. Lawyers are scheduled to argue about whether a psychologists observations about a man who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper should be heard by jurors who will decide whether hes criminally responsible because of his mental health. He also looked into Ramos cell.
Maryland to award $300K for newspaper shooting memorial
ANNAPOLIS, Md. Maryland is set to award $300,000 for the construction of a memorial honoring the victims of a deadly shooting at a newspaper office. The state plans to award the funds next week for a memorial that will be located in an Annapolis park and pay tribute to slain Capital Gazette employees John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen and Rebecca Smith, the newspaper reported. The memorial, called Guardians of Free Speech, will include five pillars in front of the text of the First Amendment carved in stone, the newspaper said. Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty in the killings.
Judge postpones Capital Gazette shooting trial
Jarrod Ramos, 38, is accused of killing five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28, 2018. - A judge on Wednesday postponed the second phase of the trial for Capital Gazette shooter Jarrod Ramos at his defense's request, according to a spokesperson for the Maryland Judiciary. The next phase of his trial to determine if he was mentally competent when he committed the crimes. Maryland law allows for separate proceedings within a trial to determine guilt and mental competency if a defendant is using an insanity defense. Police said Ramos stormed the Capital Gazette's offices on June 28, 2018, killing five employees: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.
Judge postpones trial of man who killed five at Maryland newspaper: Capital Gazette
(Reuters) - A Maryland judge on Wednesday postponed the trial of a man who fatally shot five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper, the newspaper reported, at the request of defense lawyers who argue the man was not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. FILE PHOTO: Jarrod Ramos, suspected of killing five people at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018 is seen in this Anne Arundel Police Department booking photo provided June 29, 2018. Anne Arundel Police/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoJarrod Ramos pleaded guilty on Monday to shooting five people at the Capital Gazette in one of the deadliest attacks on a U.S. media outlet. In the Gazette attack, Ramos killed the newspapers assistant editor, Rob Hiaasen, 59; journalists Wendi Winters, 65, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara, 56, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 34. Members of the Capital Gazette staff reacted defiantly to the violence.feeds.reuters.com
Man who killed five at Maryland newspaper to argue he was not responsible for his actions
(Reuters) - The man who fatally shot five people with a shotgun at a Maryland newspaper last year will argue he was not criminally responsible for his actions because of a mental disorder at a trial that begins with jury selection on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Jarrod Ramos, suspected of killing five people at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018 is seen in this Anne Arundel Police Department booking photo provided June 29, 2018. Ramos had a long-running feud with the daily newspaper when he walked into its Annapolis newsroom on June 28, 2018, and opened fire. Prosecutors and Ramos public defender will begin the process on Wednesday of selecting the jury that will evaluate his claim at Anne Arundel Circuit Court. In the Gazette attack, Ramos killed the newspapers assistant editor, Rob Hiaasen, 59; journalists Wendi Winters, 65, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara, 56, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 34.feeds.reuters.com
Man accused of Capital Gazette killings admits guilt, reports say
WBAL via CNN(CNN) - Jarrod Ramos, the man accused of killing five employees at the Capital Gazette newspaper last year, has admitted guilt in a Maryland court, according to the newspaper and the Washington Post. Ramos made the admission Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, days before his trial was set to begin. The plea is not final until it is accepted by Judge Laura Ripken in an ongoing hearing, the papers reported. CNN has reached out to Ramos' attorney and the Anne Arundel County district attorney, but has not gotten a response. Ramos allegedly stormed the Capital Gazette's offices in June 2018.
Capital Gazette shooter to claim insanity after pleading guilty to killing 5 journalists
More than a year after Maryland man Jarrod Ramos shot and killed five journalists at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, a judge has accepted his guilty plea. During Monday's hearing, which numerous employees of the Capital Gazette attended, the details of the June 28, 2018, mass shooting were rehashed. CBS Baltimore reports that Ramos blocked the rear door of the Capital Gazette building and tied the side door with nylon. Ramos had several years of history with the Capital Gazette. Ramos then regularly tweeted messages against the Capital Gazette, using an account that has now been deleted.cbsnews.com
Guilty plea in newspaper shootings; insanity hearing is next
Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty in the 2018 massacre at the Capital Gazette newspaper. Rachael Pacella, a Capital Gazette staffer who survived the shooting by hiding between file cabinets and was injured while trying to escape, said Ramos' guilty plea brought a "big emotional relief" for her. Rick Hutzell, the newspaper's editor, said he hopes Ramos' guilty plea provides some comfort to the survivors of the shootings and relatives of the five employees who were killed. The 39-year-old Ramos had originally pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible. Under Maryland law, a defendant has the burden to show by a preponderance of the evidence that he is not criminally responsible for his actions.chicagotribune.com
Judge rules on discussing insanity plea in newspaper attack
Ramos has pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible, which is Maryland's version of an insanity defense. If he is found guilty in the first phase of the trial, a second phase will be held for jurors to decide whether he is not criminally responsible due to his mental health. James Tuomey, an assistant state's attorney, argued against allowing the defense to reference their client's mental health or his plea in opening statements in the trial's first phase. She also said she would allow a second opening statement if the trial goes to a second phase. To help narrow the jury pool in the high-profile case, the judge had 322 potential jurors fill out a questionnaire at the courthouse last month.chicagotribune.com
Judge orders holding newspaper shooting trial in 2 phases
A judge on Tuesday ordered that the trial for a man charged with killing five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland to be held in two parts and granted a request for more time to conduct a mental health review by the state health department. Judge Laura Ripken granted a request by Jarrod Ramos ' defense attorneys for the trial to first determine guilt or innocence. If he's found to have committed the crimes, a second phase would determine whether his mental state made him not criminally responsible. Ripken also granted a request from the state health department for 60 more days for a mental health evaluation of Ramos, because more records are needed to finish it. The hearing had been expected to last much of the day, but the judge delayed taking up several pretrial matters because one of Ramos' attorneys had a death in the immediate family.chicagotribune.com