Lawyer Cites Mental Disorders for Man Accused in Killing

By Cole, Bill | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 27, 1999 | Go to article overview

Lawyer Cites Mental Disorders for Man Accused in Killing


Cole, Bill, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Bill Cole Daily Herald Staff Writer

A medical opinion that Christopher Swan was insane when his stepmother was stabbed 41 times indicates multiple disorders, one of the Woodstock man's attorneys said Tuesday.

"It actually cites about six of them," said attorney Ray Flavin.

Flavin and co-counsel John Ridgway would not comment further on the two-page report prepared by Dr. Daniel W. Hardy, assistant medical director with the Elgin Mental Health Center.

Prosecutors said they would get their own opinion from Dr. Henry Lahmeyer, a psychiatrist.

"The other expert was selected by the defense. We want a second opinion," said G. Terence Nader, McHenry County's chief criminal prosecutor.

The next court date is Nov. 9. Swan, 31, is charged with murdering his stepmother on New Year's Day at the family's Woodstock apartment.

Cynthia Swan, 36, was stabbed in the face, back, head, arms and chest, according to medical reports.

Her stepson also is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault. In addition to other counts, he is charged with attempted murder for attacks allegedly made on his father that day. …

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