Insanity defense concludes in deputy shooter case in Warren County

Peter Delisle, a manager at the Home Depot in Hamilton, described Mohammed Laghaoui as “by far the oddest and strangest associate I’ve ever dealt with.”
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Peter Delisle, a manager at the Home Depot in Hamilton, described Mohammed Laghaoui as “by far the oddest and strangest associate I’ve ever dealt with.”

The insanity defense of the man charged in the deputy shooter case in Warren County concluded Monday.

Mohammed Laghaoui, now 20, faces 10 charges ranging from attempted aggravated murder to domestic violence.

The charges stem from a June 9 shooting incident that prompted a lock down and manhunt in the Landen area of Deerfield Twp., Warren County.

In testimony Monday, Laghaoui’s manager at Home Depot, Peter Delisle, described him as “by far the oddest and strangest associate I’ve ever dealt with” in more than 10 years. Delisle said Laghaoui defecated on the bathroom floor and wrote the name ‘Frank’ on the bathroom wall in feces, and spoke in three different “accents”, one “non-understandable,” before his firing.

Laghaoui was fired shortly before he allegedly wounded his father and a sheriff’s deputy, and fired at a neighbor and into another neighbor’s apartment at the Orchards of Landen apartments, prompting the lock down and man hunt.

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The wounded deputy, Katie Barnes, and Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims were back in the courtroom Monday.

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Dr. Douglas Reed, a forensic psychologist, testified for most of the day in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Reed supported the defense claim that Laghaoui should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Reed said Laghaoui started shooting, believing he had been robbed at gun point and still faced a threat.

“Yes, he believed it,” Reed said.

In his opening, Laghaoui’s lawyer said he would show the jury he felt under threat as Barnes approached his family’s apartment.

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It was the sixth day of what was scheduled as a five-day trial.

Testimony is to continue Tuesday, but Judge Timothy Tepe indicated he wants the jury to begin deliberations later in the day.

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