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Jury to decide Cole Strandberg’s fate

Correctional deputies secure Cole Strandberg to his chair in Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen’s courtroom for his insanity hearing Feb. 16, 2011 in Spokane. Strandberg wore a spit guard over his head during the proceedings after he spit in his defense lawyer's face earlier in the week. (Dan Pelle)
Correctional deputies secure Cole Strandberg to his chair in Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen’s courtroom for his insanity hearing Feb. 16, 2011 in Spokane. Strandberg wore a spit guard over his head during the proceedings after he spit in his defense lawyer's face earlier in the week. (Dan Pelle)

A Spokane County jury will now decide whether Cole K. Strandberg should face the prospect of life imprisonment or indefinite commitment to a mental institution after a judge concluded he was sane in 2008 when he shot a woman with a crossbow. 

Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen was highly critical of the review of Strandberg’s case by mental health professionals at Eastern State Hospital, but found that the 24-year-old mentally ill man probably was not insane on Jan. 7, 2008, when authorities said he killed 22-year-old Jennifer Bergeron.

“I cannot find… that Mr. Strandberg was insane at the time of the act,” Eitzen said. “But the question should be submitted to the jury.”

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Feb. 16, 2011: Strandberg trial testimony questions mental evaluations

Feb. 26, 2010: Strandberg on cable TV: 'The horror is real'

Jan. 16, 2008: Strandberg's parents struggled to get him treatment




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