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Lawyer: Accused Seattle gunman suffers severe mental illness

Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 01:20

June 7 - Aaron Ybarra's lawyer says his client suffers from ''significant and long-standing mental health issues'' that were a factor in the deadly Seattle Christian college shooting. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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He's accused of killing one person and wounding two others in a shooting spree at a Seattle Christian college. 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra appeared in court on Friday. The outcome? Held without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder and assault. His defense attorney said he suffered from mental illness, including -- quote -- "delusions that were in play". (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENSE ATTORNEY RAMONA BRANDES, SAYING: "He mentioned specifically hearing the female cry out and becoming aware that she was hurting, and that he hurt her and he feels so sorry for her." A statement filed in court said Ybarra had confessed to police detectives. It said he had been planning a mass shooting and wanted to kill as many people as possible before killing himself. And this small community is left to mourn. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIANNA PIEDMONTE, SAYING: "It's like the foundation's rocked and there's nothing else I can do to help, except to respect someone." Thursday's tragedy is the latest in a series of mass shootings at schools and public places across the U.S. in recent years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENSE ATTORNEY RAMONA BRANDES, SAYING: "To me it's a bigger picture that we as a society has to look at -- how we treat our mentally ill." These recent incidents have renewed a national debate over gun safety and mental illness.

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Lawyer: Accused Seattle gunman suffers severe mental illness

Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 01:20