Insanity defense sought in Pa. daughter killing

October 3, 2011 5:14:12 AM PDT
A central Pennsylvania woman who fatally shot her sick daughter then turned the gun on herself will pursue an insanity defense when she goes on trial.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports the attorney for 62-year-old Betty Scott will argue his client was legally insane when she shot her 40-year-old daughter, Sebrina, in July 2010. Her trial begins Monday.

Defense attorney William Spade says Betty Scott has a documented history of psychosis, including hallucinations that prompted her to be committed to a mental facility a few months before the killing.

Police say Sebrina Scott was shot once in the head inside the family's Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County home. Betty Scott was found bleeding in the driveway.

Family friends say Sebrina Scott had health problems that limited her mobility.


Information from: The Patriot-News,

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