Psychology Experts Testify In “Red Bull” Case

A Pinellas County judge ruled June 8th that a man who suffocated his father with a pillow is not guilty by reason of insanity.  Four expert witnesses testified that the defendant, who consumed Red Bull before killing his elderly father, was legally insane at the time he committed the crime.

Stephen Coffeen, 42, will be sent to the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee for the slaying in December 2009 of his 83-year-old father, Robert Coffeen.  “This case is not about Red Bull,” said Pinellas Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley.  She cited reports filed by five doctors who concluded Coffeen was legally insane at the time he killed his father.

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