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Baker Refuses to Talk to State’s Psychiatrist

Deerfield murder defendant could negate his lawyer’s attempt to use an insanity defense.

A Deerfield man accused of beating his then girlfriend’s mother to death with a baseball bat may have invalidated his lawyer’s efforts to use an insanity defense by refusing to talk to experts retained by the Lake County State’s Attorney, according to an article in the Lake County News Sun.

Ed Genson, the lawyer for , who was charged more than two years ago with killing Marina Aksman of Vernon Hills, wants to prove to the court his client is unable to distinguish right from wrong. Genson has introduced evidence from experts.

The prosecution has asked to have its psychiatrist examine Baker but the Deerfield man refused to speak. The State’s Attorney claims it could use this to bar the testimony of defense experts. Genson calls it a misunderstanding.

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