Triangle Briefs

Mental route sought in murder case

From Staff ReportsFebruary 21, 2008 

— Public defender James Williams has asked a judge to commit murder suspect Barbara Clark to John Umstead Hospital for mental health evaluation and treatment.

The court will consider Williams' motion this morning.

Williams cited a report from forensic psychiatrist Moira Artigues saying that Clark "was suffering from a major depressive disorder with symptoms of disruptive sleep, sad mood, crying [during Artigues' visit], sense of helplessness, cognitive distortions and suicidal thoughts."

Clark is accused of beating two elderly women to death and assaulting another at the Galloway Ridge retirement community at Fearrington Village.

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