Doctors who evaluated Mujtaba R. Jabbar for the state before the murder trial scheduled to begin yesterday diagnosed the defendant with schizophrenia and found that the disorder had left him unable to conform his behavior to the law, county prosecutor Rachel Cogen said.I suppose one could fake schizophrenia symptoms. It's not like there's a blood test or CT scan that confirms it. But it appears more likely that my earlier diagnosis of sudden jihadi syndrome was premature.
Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger ordered that Jabbar be committed to a state psychiatric facility.
"I believe he's going to be there for an extremely long time, if not the rest of his life," Cogen said after the hearing.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Movie theater killer dodges jail time
Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar, the man who killed Paul Schrum in an Owings Mills, MD theater last June, won't serve any time in jail. He was convicted of the crime, but was found not criminally responsible and will instead be remanded to a state mental hospital.