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Guthrie case continued for private psychiatric evaluation

Jun 25, 2013 -- 9:51am

Southeast Missourian

The case against a Jackson man accused of assaulting his wife and shooting at police has been continued to July on Monday to give the defendant time to obtain a private psychiatric evaluation. Former Marine and Gulf War veteran, Lawrence Guthrie has been charged with first-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action and three counts of first-degree assault or attempted assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with a June 2012 case in which he is accused of physically assaulting his estranged wife and exchanging gunfire with police before shooting himself in the head. Online court records show that in September, Guthrie's attorney, Bryan Greaser, filed a notice of intent to rely on a defense of not guilty due to mental disease or defect. Greaser has said Guthrie has no memory of the events of June 13, 2012, and "didn't appreciate the consequences" of his actions. Guthrie's wife testified in August that he was undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the shooting. Guthrie was not in court Monday, but Lewis said the case had been continued to July 22 to allow time for a private psychiatric evaluation.

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