Archive for Friday, June 8, 2012

Attorney says Lawrence man accused of bank robbery is mentally ill and may have brain tumor

June 8, 2012


An attorney for a 23-year-old Lawrence man accused of robbing a Topeka bank in May says his client is mentally ill.

Defense attorney Thomas R. Telthorst wrote in a federal court motion that a psychiatrist has suggested that a brain scan of Paul Stewart Wade “may identify physiological causes of (Wade’s) aberrant behavior, such as a vascular disorder or a brain tumor.”

According to Telthorst’s federal court motion, Wade in the past six months has received care from several psychiatrists and one psychologist. The motion also said that in the weeks before the events that led to his arrest Wade was involuntarily committed to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., for stabilization and psychiatric care. He was later switched to voluntary hospitalization, which led to his discharge shortly before the alleged robbery.

Wade faces one federal count of bank robbery. Prosecutors allege that he robbed a U.S. Bank in Topeka on May 24 by passing a note to a teller that stated he had a gun, although the teller never saw a gun.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper arrested Wade hours later about 200 miles west of Topeka, in Ellis County on Interstate 70. Documents in the case allege authorities recovered a pillowcase containing money that matched evidence at the scene.

At the time of his arrest, Wade was a suspect in two Lawrence car-wash burglaries committed the night before the bank robbery. Wade was free on bond.

“(Two psychiatrists) agree that the defendant’s illness defies simple diagnosis, and that his illness likely will be relevant to the court’s understanding of his alleged crime,” Telthorst wrote.

Telthorst is asking a judge to delay pretrial hearings to allow him time for examinations and testing, which Wade’s family has agreed to pay for.


bornon7 1 year, 10 months ago

You know, all I can think about are his poor parents, who are very kind people. I can only imagine the nightmare they are living right now. Either way, mentally ill, or not, it is not a pleasant future.. Have we lost compassion? Are we so jaded they we feel we can judge others so freely? I am the parent of a teenage son. He is not perfect, and I hope he makes good decisions. Shame on all of you judging. I hope you never deal with a child who does the unthinkable or a loved one who deals with mental illness. You must live a charmed life.


jhawkinsf 1 year, 10 months ago

Any headline that begins with, "Attorney says ... " needs to be looked at with a great deal of skepticism.


KEITHMILES05 1 year, 10 months ago

Anything to get out of responsibility. Geez, who would of thought this would happen?


observant 1 year, 10 months ago

So his defense is, he's a GOP/Teabagger, with a supposed brain tumor? Sounds like typical right wing nutcase.


Jean Robart 1 year, 10 months ago

Ron--one of a very few times, I agree with you.


Paula Kissinger 1 year, 10 months ago

OK...if he has a brain tumor then he can have surgery and see if his behavior improves. That would be a viable defense. Otherwise, he can stand trial and, if convicted, join the other mentally ill in Larned.


Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 10 months ago

I do not feel free to mention any identifiable details, but I do know of one man who acted in a very uncharacteristic fashion by emailing an explicit photograph to a female co-worker. She was shocked and forwarded it to management, and the man was immediately terminated from a high paying position that he had held for only a few months. No one who knew of the situation could believe he had done something so stupid, a married man with children, no less!

The family stayed in town, and were shunned by just about everyone.

Less than a year later, the man died of a malignant brain tumor that had certainly been there when he had acted in such an uncharacteristic manner. As I understand the situation, it was in an area of his brain that is in a critical area of decision making. He had certainly made a bad decision!

It's best to not be quick to judge, not one of us knows all of the details of anything.


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