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Psychologist says killer suffered mood disorder from early age that was never treated
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' A psychiatrist says a Connecticut man convicted of a deadly home invasion long suffered from a mood disorder included profound depression, but his ultra-religious family never got him psychological treatment.
Dr. Richard G. Dudley Jr. testified Monday that Joshua Komisarjevsky's (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) mood disorder began around age 9 or 10 and as he got older the moods became darker and "more foreboding."
He said Komisarjevsky reported his older foster brother violently sexually abused him from the age of 4 to 6. Komisarjevsky would later sneak out at night, take his clothes off and roll around in the woods, where he felt safer.
Komisarjevsky faces life in prison or the death penalty for the 2007 killings of a woman and her two daughters.
Komisarjevsky's defense argues his family never got him proper psychological treatment.