Psychiatrists testify in Ark. soldier death case

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Posted: Jul 25, 2011 3:24 AM
Psychiatrists testify in Ark. soldier death case

At least two psychiatrists are expected to testify this week in the trial of a man who confessed to shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas.

Dr. Shawn Agharkar (uh-GAR'-ker) is due back in court Monday for the trial of Abdulhakim Muhammad. Agharkar says Muhammad suffers from a delusionary disorder. A state psychiatrist who says Muhammad doesn't have a mental disease is expected to testify, too.

Muhammad is charged with capital murder for killing Army Pvt. William Andrew Long and attempted capital murder for wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula (ee-ZEEG'-wuh-luh) in 2009.

He's confessed to the shooting, but says it's justified because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.

Defense attorneys say Muhammad is not guilty by reason of mental defect or disease. Muhammad and prosecutors disagree.