Time-square vehicle rampage not caused by man

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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Times Square Insanity Defense

The insanity defense of Richard Rojas is a legal strategy that prosecutors use to avoid a death sentence in the case of a pedestrian killed in Times Square. While Rojas' lawyer acknowledged that he was suffering from a psychotic episode‚ he argued that the accident was not a result of a detached mind. The defense attorney argued that Rojas was not completely detached from reality‚ since he drove precisely for three blocks.

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who. He drove through times square with a crowd of people driving his car a mental illness excused the victim of the 2017 murder of a tourist‚ who was then used to maim helpless pedestrians. Acceptance of a jury at New York City an insanity defense Richard Rojas claimed that he was psychologically so disturbed that he did not know what he was doing. Rojas would be eligible for open-ended involuntary mental committment instead of long prison sentences‚ according to the judge. Rojas was ordered to be held as he prepares the examination order and that a hearing would take place on Thursday. Rojas (31 years old) was passive throughout the trial and did not react to any verdict after two days. The defendant was accused in an attack alyssa Elsman (18 years old)‚ from Michigan was traveling to the popular tourist spot with her family when she was struck by the accident‚ resulting in more than 20 injuries. It was told that the jury would decide whether Rojas was responsible for murder or assault if it determined that they had proved elements. Enrico DeMarco‚ Rojas' attorney‚ told reporters that Enrico DeMarco was right to render the verdict. He also said that it was humane and that it had been a terrible act. Alvin Bragg‚ the District Attorney‚ stated that his condolences are continuing to be extended to the loved ones‚ family and friends of AlyssaElsman who was tragically and profoundly affected by the incident. Alyssa's mother‚ Jyll Elsman‚ expressed dismay via a Facebook message. The only thing that I can think of is‚ if it had occurred to one of the children jurors -- would they have still said "not responsible"? She wrote. The trial‚ which began early last month the testimony included statements from victims who sustained severe injuries in what the prosecutors called a depraved‚ horrific act. Family members of Rojas testified that he became paranoid after being kicked from the Navy in 2014. It was clear that Rojas was driving the vehicle. Numerous security cameras showed Rojas emerging from his car after the crash. This made his mental health the main focus. Alfred Peterson‚ the prosecutor‚ admitted that Rojas was experiencing a psychotic episode at the Time of his rampage. Peterson claimed that Rojas was not completely detached from reality when he drove his car onto the sidewalk‚ driving for three blocks and mowing people down until he crashed. The pelvis of one victim was severed from her spine. Although doctors believed she would die shortly‚ she survived. Elsman's 13-year-old sister Eva testified at the trial that she had suffered injuries to her own body. She sustained broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Eva also suffered a compound leg fracture. These wounds kept Elsman in hospital for several weeks. Peterson‚ the prosecution's prosecutor said that the defendant had made a decision. He made a choice. He made a choice. He added that once he got there‚ he had full control over his car. DeMarco stated to jurors that there was no question his client had met the legal criteria for insanity. According to DeMarco‚ Rojas did not have a sufficient capacity to recognize that he was acting in error due an underlying condition -- schizophrenia. This was confirmed by the defense psychiatrist who testified. In court‚ the defense attorney showed Rojas leaping out of his car when it crashed into a curb stanchion. Rojas was heard screaming‚ "What happened?" Rojas could be heard screaming‚ "What happened?" as he was being subdued and could be seen banging on the ground. Rojas claimed that he had lost his mind.