Kot's Mental Stability

By WBNG News

Kot's Mental Stability

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 15, 2010 at 5:51 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Opinions differ on the mental stability of a former Cornell University student, accused of murder.

25-year-old Blajez Kot is on trial in Tompkins County Court for killing his wife, Caroline Coffey, last June.

Psychiatrist Rory Houghtalen said Kot's sporadic mood changes and deep depression are classic examples of someone with emotional problems.

He also cited Kot's abuse of prescription pills as a possibility for what lead him to kill Coffey.

But the prosecution argued Kot's illusions reflect those in pop culture, specifically movies.

Psychiatrist Gary Horowitz said that Kot's attempt to kill himself as his wife's death is typical of a extreme emotional disturbance.

Horowitz says the tapes showed Kot had more self-awareness than someone who is insane.

And that he saw his wife as a barrier to his success.

The case could go to the jury as soon as Friday afternoon.

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