Jury Rejects 'Zoloft Defense' In Rape Case
A jury today convicted a former Westminster cop of kidnapping a woman from the Ontario Mills Mall and raping her at gunpoint back in 2010.The jury seemed to reject the "Zoloft defense" offered up by the attorney for the ex-cop Anthony Nicholas Orban, 32, noted the Los Angeles Times.
Orban's attorney James Blatt said he didn't have any recollection of what went on that day because he had a "psychotic break from reality and he did not know right from wrong," according to City News Service.
Blatt said his client was under the influence of the anti-depressant Zoloft and the sleeping aid Neurontin at the time of the crime. (No word on whether he tested positive for Twinkies.) His attorney added that Orban was stressed out because of his job as a cop, his strained marriage, financial problems and combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
Orban has pleaded not guilty to the crimes by reason of insanity. In the next phase of the trial, the jury will listen to doctors from both the prosecution and the defense and decide whether Orban was insane at the time of the crimes.
Orban had help; his co-defendant Jeff Thomas Jelinek stood watch while Orban kidnapped his victim and raped her in Fontana. Jelinek, a former state prison guard, pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, accessory after the fact and false imprisonment in April.