PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board has released an Iraq War veteran who successfully claimed post-traumatic stress disorder as a defense in a murder case.
The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1aE9RUs) Jessie Bratcher had been in the State Hospital for a little more than four years after a Grant County jury found him guilty except for insanity in the killing of an unarmed man he believed had raped his girlfriend.
The paper reported that the Jan. 29 release hearing produced assessments that Bratcher no longer suffers from PTSD.
In the 2009 trial, the defense argued the killing was part of a PTSD-triggered flashback on the part of the former Oregon Army National Guard soldier who was being treated at the time for disabilities from his service in Iraq.
Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info