Murder Paxil & ADHD Drug* 2000-05-18 Washington *Mother Stabs Daughter: Not Guilty by Reason of Drug Induced Insanity
Summary:

Sharon Curry of Spokane, WA, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in
the stabbing death of her 8 year old daughter. She was taking Paxil and
Adderal at the time of this tragedy. Here is the message - followed by the
original news article in March, 2000. Note that the message states that she
had a "drug induced psychosis." _____________________________________________________________


In a message dated 5/18/00 8:58:31 AM Mountain Standard Time,
DWesterman@spokanecounty.org writes:
>
> Sharon Curry was taking Paxil for depression and Adderall for attention
>deficit disorder. She became increasing paranoid and to remain vigilant
she
>took more and more Adderall to stay awake. The Sanity Commission found
that
>the murder was the result of a drug induced psychosis and the court found
>the drugs were involuntary since they were prescribed.
The Court accepted
>her plea on not guilty by reason of insanity on May 5, 2000.
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March 7, 2000

Spokane, Washington
Mom's trial in stabbing delayed

The murder trial of a woman accused of stabbing her 8-year-old daughter to
death last September has been postponed.

Sharon L. Curry, 41, is undergoing a psychological evaluation to determine
if she is competent to stand trial for the death of Jessica Curry in
Medical Lake.

Curry pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in December. She was
arrested after sheriff's deputies found the girl dead from stab wounds in
the driveway of her home.

Sharon Curry's medical problems have forced prosecutors to cancel her
arraignment four times since her arrest. She required surgery for
self-inflicted puncture wounds to her lungs, said Chief Deputy Prosecutor
Jack Driscoll.

Prosecutors believe Curry inflicted the wounds in a suicide attempt,
according to court papers.

A scheduling conflict with doctors at Eastern State Hospital delayed
Curry's evaluation, thus delaying the trial.
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