He did not want to take an anti-psychotic medication because he felt that confirmed he had schizophrenia and would never complete his academic goals, Dr. Gur said.
Jury question: Tuesday you testified that you wrote two books about the importance of interviewing family members. Why did you testify today that interviewing his family was irrelevant?
Dr. Gur: "The book is general recommendations... information for parents."
"Going to California was difficult for me and for his parents to come up with the time. I had information. I asked a team. I obtained as much information as I could and I say it was irrelevant because the information I got... I knew more about [the gunman] than his mom or dad knew."
Dr. Fenton did not get permission to speak to his parents but called his mom anyway, but did not disclose his homicidal ideations, Dr. Gur said.
Jury question: What was the most important factor in determining he was insane at the time of the shooting?
Dr. Gur: "The acute level of his psychosis at the time. The belief he must act. That there was no value to his life. That other people share the difficulties he shares. And by killing them he will incorporate value into himself."
Jury question: Are you paraphrasing in you reports? Wouldn't it be better to write direct quotes?
Dr. Gur said questions asked during evaluation were direct quotes, but many times she had to repeat and rephrase the same questions and then paraphrase.
Dr. Gur: "Taking notes can inhibit my clinical experience."
Thanks @NT8! I kept your numbers for my notes.
Brauchler: "Having mental illness, even serious mental illness - does not mean you're insane?"
Dr. Gur: "Yes."