LSD led to mental illness, Merritt father testifies
View attachment 11174 The man accused of killing his three children in a Merritt, B.C., trailer home last year has testified he was first admitted to a psychiatric ward at age 20, after a bad experience with LSD.
Allan Dwayne Schoenborn, now 41, made the statement at the beginning of his testimony at his murder trial on Wednesday.
Wearing a brown prison shirt and with a scraggly beard, Schoenborn went on to testify in a rambling manner about his long-held suspicions that his wife was cheating on him and might be poisoning their children and about his experiences in a psychiatric ward 10 years before the killings.
Schoenborn was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after the bodies of his three children, Kaitlynne, 10, Max, eight, and Cordon, five, were found by their mother in their home in the southwestern Interior town in April 2008.
Schoenborn pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops last week. His lawyer, Peter Wilson, has already indicated he plans to argue Schoenborn was not criminally responsible for the deaths because of a mental disorder.
Confessed to witnesses
The Crown closed its case against Schoenborn on Monday with testimony from a psychiatrist who said Schoenborn told him he killed his children to protect them from school bullies.
Schoenborn's former partner and the mother of the children, Darcie Clarke, and Kim Robinson, the hunter who captured Schoenborn 10 days after the killing, also both testified earlier in the trial that Schoenborn told them he had killed the children.
The trial was delayed on Tuesday after the defence made a motion to adjourn for a day because the psychiatrist they wanted to call as a witness was unable to appear.
Oct 21, 2009
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