SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A jury convicted a Northern California man of first-degree murder in the killing of an animal control officer, rejecting testimony from a psychologist who stars on the reality show "Hoarders" that the defendant's hoarding disorder could have made him react violently to anyone trying to take his pets.
The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1tI6xPN ) that jurors deliberated for about five hours Thursday before convicting 67-year-old Joseph Francis Corey. The defense had argued that a mental illness that made Corey a hoarder also made him incapable of planning the killing.
Corey could face life in prison without parole. He was charged with fatally shooting Roy Marcum in 2012, as the animal control officer arrived to remove Corey's dogs and cats amid eviction proceedings.
The defense had called Robin Zasio from the A&E show to testify.