01/13/2009

Ga. man charged with murdering officer gets life after exam by psychiatrist

By Steve Visser
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — District Attorney Paul Howard said Monday an ephedra-based diet drug may have played a role in the murder of a police officer.

That revelation, he said, influenced him to agree to take Kenneth Gerald Reese's plea of guilty in exchange for life imprisonment without parole in the death-penalty trial set to begin this week. The information that the defendant may have suffered a drug-related psychosis came from the prosecution's own psychiatrist.

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