Ex-cop called 'delusional' in court

May 27, 2009 3:54:21 PM PDT
Jurors in the Robert Fratta capital murder trial are faced with a life or death decision. They've convicted him in his wife's murder. Now they must decide whether he should die for his crimes. Defense attorneys hope testimony from the forensic psychiatrist who conducted a psychological assessment on Robert Fratta will convince the jury that he is mentally unstable. At the same time prosecutors tried to paint him as a cunning individual with the power to influence and manipulate other people, using testimony from that same expert witness.

A board certified forensic psychiatrist Dr. Rahn Bailey reviewed 25 years worth of Robert Fratta's medical records, along with documents from his first capital murder trial. He told the jury in a spring 2009 mental evaluation Fratta showed "evidence of paranoid and delusional thoughts with mild brain impairment."

In addition to diagnosing Fratta with general anxiety, depression, and self esteem issues, Dr. Bailey described the former Missouri City police officer as narcissistic.

During cross examination, prosecutors asked, "Is he prone to temper outbursts that may turn into uncontrollable rage?" "Yes," Dr. Bailey responded.

The prosecutor continued, "Is he the type of person to put on a facade so the person he is going to victimize might not see it coming?"

"Yes," Dr. Bailey answered again.

Today's testimony comes on the heels of a very emotional day. On Tuesday Fratta's three grown children testified against him. Earlier this month, the jury convicted Fratta a second time for hiring two hit men to kill his estranged wife Farrah 15 years ago. He is once again facing the death penalty.

Fratta faces 40 years in prison without parole to death by lethal injection. The defense has rested their case. Closing arguments in the sentencing phase of this trial could begin tomorrow morning.

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