Doctors: Man Was Psychotic When He killed Officer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Five mental health professionals agree that a man accused of gunning down a Tampa police officer in 2009 suffered an “extreme mental disturbance” that should spare him from execution.

Three psychiatrists and two psychologists testified Friday that Humberto Delgado was psychotic when he killed Cpl. Mike Roberts, a 38-year-old father of two. Delgado’s attorneys were trying to persuade a judge to reject a jury’s recommendation for the death penalty after his conviction last fall.

The mental health experts testifying for the defense stood against a psychiatrist for the prosecution who said Delgado was enraged but knew what he was doing when he shot the officer. Roberts had stopped Delgado pushing a shopping cart loaded with weapons.

Delgado’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 10.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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