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NCJ Number: 158071 Find in a Library
Title: Psychiatric-Legal Analysis of Criminal Defendants Charged With Murder: A Sample Without Major Mental Disorder
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:40  Issue:5  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:858-861
Author(s): G B Leong; J A Silva
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents a psychiatric-legal analysis of 31 criminal defendants accused of having committed murder and suffering from no diagnosable major mental disorder.
Abstract: The typical murder suspect included in the sample was a young, married, adult male; about half the sample was born in the U.S. More than 61 percent of the sample met criteria for a diagnosis of substance abuse; 48 percent had a prior criminal history and 32 percent had committed previous acts of physical violence. In 62.5 percent of the cases, the defendant knew his or her alleged victim. Guns were used in 50 percent of these crimes, and knives in another 28 percent. In 51 percent of the cases, the defendant had consumed alcohol or other drugs preceding or near the time of the alleged murder. 32 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Alcohol-Related Offenses; Drug Related Crime; Homicide causes; Murderers
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