On Thursday, witnesses for the defense took the stand in the David Trebilcock trial. Trebilcock is accused of stabbing and killing 6-year-old Lauren Belius last July.
Defense attorney Patrick Marthage says Trebilcock was suffering from a mental illnesses at the time of the crime. During the trial, the defense called Dr. Minhaj Siddiqi, who evaluated Trebilcock at the Central New York Psychiatric Center.
Trebilcock was taken to the center in August after workers at the Oneida County Jail said he was exhibiting signs of delusions. Siddiqi tesified that he diagnosed Trebilcock with schizophrenia, paranoid type. Siddiqi says Trebilcock was suffering from bizarre delusions.
He also testified that Trebilcock told him he knew what he did to Lauren was wrong in the world's eyes, but he felt it was justified in God's eyes.
On cross examination, the prosecution asked Siddiqi how he could know that Trebilcock was schizophrenic at the time of Lauren's death. Siddiqi said it was his professional opinion that Trebilcock was.
The defense also called Norman Lesswing, an independent clinical and forensic psychologist. Lesswing says he had reviewed the information available about Trebilcock and conducted interviews with people who were talking to Trebilcock last July.
He testified an interview with one of Trebilcock's friends indicated he had been acting strangely, and she wondered if he was on drugs. Lesswing says he believes Trebilcock was highly delusional and believed Lauren was the Anti-Christ. He testified that when Trebilcock spoke about the day Lauren was murdered, he recounted the events in a way that was "thoroughly and unequivocally psychotic."
Testimony is scheduled to continue Friday, and the judge says he expects to make a ruling Tuesday at the latest.