Attorney: Murder Suspect Suffered From PTSD

There's new information in the case against a college student, charged with murdering her newborn.

Katie McCoy's attorneys want the judge to allow a psychiatrist to testify the Bellermaine Student suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after giving birth in her Louisville dorm room.

Investigators say McCoy drowned the baby in a toilet after giving birth, and then threw the infant in the trash.

The judge will hold another hearing on the matter next week.

McCoy is scheduled to stand trial in two weeks.

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  • by A Location: L on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:11 AM
    All these people do anymore is claim insanity. Nobodys responsible for anything they do anymore. They should make the law if your criminally insane even temporary you gte locke dup for life. After all if you do it once your more liekly to do it again especially if ya get away with it. Hence sex offender registrys.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    Matthew 7 Judging Others 1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    You didn't hear about this type of crime 50 years ago because back then it was wrong to kill a baby. Now we give people excuses to kill their children and presto it happens more and more. I am not arguing that this young woman was not deeply troubled but she should still face consequences for what she did. If she is punished other woman in that situation will learn that emotional imbalance is never a reason to kill. And just maybe they will seek help instead.
  • by Mom of 2 Location: harlan on Sep 9, 2008 at 02:24 PM
    I suffer from stress everyday Does that give me the right to murder my children? Put her in prison for a long time so she doesn't have the opportunity to repeat this horrible crime.
  • by june Location: ky on Sep 9, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    what about adoption? all she had to do was go to a hospital and deliver the baby there and put the child up for adoption - there are many out there that would have given anything to have that baby to raise and love! Instead she murdered it and tossed it in the garbage like it was nothing but a piece of trash. Makes me sick to my stomach! She doesn't have ptsd- that is a trumped up piece of stuff this atty has come up with to get her off. What a sick world we live in.
  • by Don Location: London on Sep 9, 2008 at 12:38 PM
    Proof positve that lawyers will say or do anything to get their clients off the hook or more money.99% of lawyers give the rest of them a bad name.
  • by stan on Sep 9, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    she don't deserve to live
  • by Anonymous Location: Richmond on Sep 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    She probably killed it cause it was an inconvenience to her. Look at her picture, she doesn't look sorry or sad that she did this to her own child, she looks mad that she got caught. I hope the judge is smart enough to do two things, see through her excuses - and to order her to be sterilized so she never has anymore children. Who's to say that if she gets away with it now that she won't go on to murder more of her offspring - because she's learned how to manipulate the legal system. I honestly think ANY women who murders their own kids SHOULD be sterilized, why let them keep their ability to create life, when they only want to destroy it after it's born? Wouldn't be a bad idea for mothers who's children get took away due to abuse either.
  • by me Location: richmond on Sep 9, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    don't believe it, just a way for her to get away with what she did. she killed that child and i hope she pays for it with a lot of time in jail !!!
  • by Chris Location: Means, Ky on Sep 9, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    Sorry to have inconvenienced you with a pregnancy and a human life. Go ahead and murder it and throw it in the trash. I hear that child birth can be stressful. Give me a break, please tell me that this is not acceptable behavior regardless of the level of stress that you're under?


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