NJ judge denies multiple personality defense

July 12, 2009 2:16:57 PM PDT
A New Jersey man accused of killing three family members can be held responsible even if one of his multiple personalities committed the crimes, a judge has ruled. Dwayne Wilson allegedly stabbed his younger sister and two of her young children in September 2005 at their Jersey City home.

Authorities say he also stabbed her other young son multiple times, but the boy survived and called police after regaining consciousness.

Defense lawyer claim the acts were committed while "Kiko" - Wilson's homicidal personality - controlled his behavior, so Wilson shouldn't be held responsible.

In rejecting that argument Friday, state Superior Court Judge Fred Theemling ruled Wilson's other personalities would be viewed at trial as aspects of himself, not as distinct individuals.

Both defense and prosecution experts determined Wilson suffers from dissociative identity disorder.


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