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ebony wilkerson insanity defense

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Attorneys say a mental disorder kept a pregnant South Carolina woman from knowing the difference between right and wrong at the time she’s accused of driving her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean with her children inside.

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Defense attorneys for 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson filed a motion of intent to use an insanity defense. Public Defender James Purdy told the Daytona Beach News-Journal Monday that experts will testify the 32-year-old from North Charleston, South Carolina, had a mental disease or defect in March, when she drove into the surf off Daytona Beach in Florida.

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Purdy says the motion doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll use insanity as a defense, adding that not guilty remains the “number one” priority.

According to the motion, attorneys expect to prove Wilkerson had schizophrenia and a psychotic disorder.

Watch raw video of Ebony Wilkerson driving into ocean:

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2 thoughts on “S.C. Woman Who Drove Children Into Ocean Suffered From Mental Disorder, Lawyers Claim

  1. I’d say lack of family structure and dependency on welfare as a lifestyle has kept her from determining right from wrong.
    Holla’ at the Scholar

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