COMMENTARY BY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER SAM SPITAL AND ASSOCIATES:
“Fox News over the weekend reported a 69 year old husband was charged with Murder when the Oceanside police found the dismembered body of his wife in her home. Neighbors recounted bizarre behavior, such as seeing the wife nude and exposing herself with her pants down to her ankles as she wandered around the community. In addition, the husband was seen carrying a purse, wearing women’s clothing, jewelry, hot pink lipstick and makeup.
Clearly, the lifestyle and behavior described in the news account seems inexplicable. Just when one thinks he has heard the weirdest story, there is another that is even more uncanny. Unfortunately, little else was reported in order to better understand the situation, weigh and consider possible explanations, mitigation and/or frame a defense argument. However, some of the symptoms of the couple might be associated with dementia, a decline in mental functioning seen most often in some elderly individuals.”