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November 2, 2012

Expert: Man had signs of illness

Neuropsychologist says Ronchi showed symptoms of 8 psychiatric disorders

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Only Ronchi’s symptoms of depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances met the criteria for a diagnosis at the time of the evaluation, Deters said. He based his belief that Ronchi suffered from other conditions on interviews with Ronchi, his family and a friend, Deters said.

But if Ronchi suffered from a condition in which he could not identify emotions, such as alexithymia or Asperger’s, the prosecutor challenged that theory with Ronchi’s own testimony that he was angry and enraged at Galperina on the night he killed her.

On Monday, Curran is expected to call her own expert witness to challenge the conclusions by Deters.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Tuesday.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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