Defense in deputy slaying case argues insanity
Oct. 31, 2003
Staff reports

As expected, the Adelphi man accused of killing two Prince George's County sheriff's deputies is seeking to use insanity as a defense in his murder trial.

The trial of James R. Logan entered its second day Tuesday, after the prosecution and the defense presented their opening statements Monday in Prince George's County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro. Logan is accused of fatally shooting deputies James V. Arnaud and Elizabeth L. Magruder.

Defense attorney Fred Warren Bennett did not deny that his client killed the deputies, who went to Logan's parents' home to commit him for emergency psychiatric evaluation on Aug. 29, 2002. But Bennett argued that Logan suffered from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the shootings.

Deputy State's Attorney Robert L. Dean blamed Logan's mental problems on heavy drug use.

The fatal shootings were the first in the 300-year history of the Prince George's County Sheriff's office. Logan could face the death penalty if convicted.