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Alleged Stop & Shop shooter planning to use psychiatric defense, court papers say

Alleged Stop & Shop shooter planning to use psychiatric defense, court papers say
The Stop & Shop cart attendant who is accused of opening fire inside his West Hempstead workplace in April, killing a manager and wounding two co-workers, is planning to use a psychiatric defense at h

The attorney for Gabriel Wilson, 31, filed court paperwork Tuesday indicating he will argue his client was experiencing an extreme emotional disturbance during the April 20 shooting.Under New York law, a successful extreme emotional disturbance defense would mean that Wilson would be guilty of committing first-degree manslaughter but not guilty of murder."A third of his brain is missing so he acted out inappropriately but with extreme emotional disturbance because of his traumatic brain injury.So it's unique to him, not a normal extreme emotional disturbance," Carmody also said Tuesday.

Carmody said he will use the extreme emotional disturbance defense in connection with the murder charge and still is evaluating how he will defend the other charges against Wilson.Carmody also said Tuesday that he decided on the defense approach after having both a psychiatrist and psychologist examine Wilson, who is remanded without bail at Nassau's jail.

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