Psychiatrist: Man accused of killing 6 controlled by voices

Psychiatrist: Man accused of killing 6 controlled by voices
FILE - In this July 11, 2014 file photo, Ronald Lee Haskell collapses as he appears in court in Houston. A forensic psychiatrist told jurors Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, that Haskell, accused of fatally shooting six members of his ex-wife's family was not responsible for his actions because of severe mental illness that made him believe voices in his head were telling him to carry out the killings. The psychiatrist was expected to be the final witness from defense attorneys for Haskell, who is charged with capital murder in the July 2014 attack in a suburban Houston home. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool)

HOUSTON (AP) — A forensic psychiatrist tells jurors a man accused of fatally shooting six members of his ex-wife’s family in 2014 wasn’t responsible for his actions because severe mental illness made him believe voices in his head were telling him to carry out the killings.

Prosecutors allege Ronald Lee Haskell created a meticulous plot in which he traveled from California to suburban Houston and stalked his ex-wife’s family before killing six of them, including four children.

But Stephen Raffle, a forensic psychiatrist who examined Haskell, testified at his capital murder trial Monday that Haskell didn’t know what he did was wrong because the voices in his head “had basically taken control” of him.

Raffle was expected to be the final witness for the defense. Haskell’s trial began Aug. 26.