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Defense presents its case in Kehoe trial

GRUNDY CENTER (KWWL) -- Michelle Kehoe sat quiet as the legal team discussed her past. Saying she suffered from depression for more than a decade. She also grew up with alcoholic parents and was molested by her step father.

"It's not a story manufactured after the fact," said defense attorney Andrea Dryer.

The defense called it's first witness, a doctor of psychiatry, William Logan. Logan examined Kehoe and found that she suffers from  a variety of mental illnesses, everything from seasonal affective disorder to posttraumatic stress disorder to even having panic attacks.

He says she attempted suicide on several occasions and thought about it often.

In the cross examination, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Andrew Prosser argued that many of the reports from counselors and doctors which came before the murder-suicide attempt showed Michelle Kehoe was healthy.

The defense hopes to prove Kehoe could not determine right from wrong during the events that took place on October 26th of last year.  

"To a healthy person death would not equal hope. To Michelle Kehoe it did and she believed that it was also for the good and for the benefit of her children to take their lives at the same time that she tried to take hers," said Dryer.


The defense will continue to present its case Wednesday morning at nine. The jury is expected to get the case by Thursday.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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