Psychologist: Nashua man was insane at time of murder
Rolfe, 65, is accused of beating his sister to death with an undisclosed object, causing multiple blunt force injuries to her head and contusions to her brain.
Dr. Philip Kinsler, a clinical and forensic psychologist, has diagnosed that Duane Rolfe was psychotic, or legally insane, at the time of the alleged attack. According to court documents, he was likely suffering from schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, which manifests itself in illogical, irrational and delusional behavior, says court records.
Landry has already filed a court notice to use the insanity defense if necessary. According to the motion, it was immediately apparent to the defense counsel that Duane Rolfe was mentally ill, allegedly acting “in a manner inconsistent with those of a sane person,” says court records.
“It is also questionable whether at the time of the alleged offenses, Mr. Rolfe had the capacity to discern reality from delusion, or right from wrong,” wrote Landry, maintaining those mental health deficiencies remain to this day.
Benjamin Agati, assistant attorney general, said previously that the state will conduct its own mental evaluation of Rolfe to determine whether he is competent for trial. Dr. Albert Drukteinis, a clinical psychiatrist, may be asked to perform the state’s evaluation of Rolfe, Agati said last month.
Duane Rolfe has been indicted on two alternative counts of murder. The first-degree murder charge alleges that Rolfe purposely caused the death of his sister by striking her repeatedly with a blunt object, while the second-degree murder charge alleges that he recklessly caused her death by manifesting an extreme indifference to human life, says court documents.