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LIVE BLOG: The Sentencing of Daniel Mustard

Note: Due to technical difficulties this morning (the county’s Wi-Fi appears to be down), the live blog is starting late.

CASE BACKGROUND: Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Leila Mills will sentence a South Kitsap teen this morning following his conviction by a jury in December of the murder of 87-year-old Ruby Andrews.

Daniel J. Mustard, 19, faces up to life in prison for stabbing to death Andrews at her Puget Drive home on April 5, 2009.

A seven-week trial saw prosecutors argue Mustard killed Andrews in a “robbery that went haywire,” killed the 87-year-old and taking valuables from her home.

Mustard’s defense attorney argued his client was under psychosis due to a “psychotropic cocktail” of drugs he was being medicated with for a mental disease.

Shortly before deliberations, Mills ruled that jurors couldn’t consider the insanity defense in the case. Jurors found him guilty of both first- and second-degree murder. Mustard’s attorney vowed to appeal the conviction.

We’ll get started here at 9 a.m.

Closing Arguments in the Mustard Trial

CASE BACKGROUND: Closing arguments are slated this morning in the trial of Daniel J. Mustard, 19, accused of stabbing to death 87-year-old Ruby Andrews in South Kitsap on April 5, 2009.

The trial has largely revolved around Mustard’s mental state at the time of the crime. Jurors will be asked to decide whether he knew the nature and quality of his act on that day. Jurors will be asked to consider whether he could form the intent of his actions due to “involuntary intoxication” or “diminished capacity.”

He faces a life sentence if convicted of first-degree premeditated murder or a commitment at Western State Hospital if acquitted.

Closing arguments are slated to start about 9:30 a.m. or so.

LIVE BLOG: Dr. Dietz Testifies for Kitsap Prosecutors in PO Murder Trial

CASE BACKGROUND: A nationally known forensic psychologist is expected to testify today that a South Kitsap teen wasn’t legally insane when he killed an 87-year-old woman in April 2009.

Kitsap County Prosecutors plan to call Dr. Park Dietz to the stand in their first-degree murder case against Daniel J. Mustard. It’s been a long time coming; the trial has already been going since late September.

There is no argument between the attorneys involved of the fact that Mustard stabbed Andrews to death at her South Kitsap home on April 5, 2009. The contention is whether Mustard was insane under the state’s legal definition at the time of the crime.

Mustard’s attorney, Bryan Hershman, has already has already called to the stand a doctor who testified that Mustard was indeed insane when he killed Andrews.

We’ll begin the live blog at 9 a.m.

LIVE BLOG: Defense Expert’s Testimony in SK Murder Trial

Here’s the case background:

An expert is expected to testify Monday that Daniel J. Mustard was out of his mind when he stabbed to death Ruby Andrews at her South Kitsap home in April 2009.

The trial of Mustard, charged by prosecutors with first-degree murder, began in late September. The case hinges upon the mental state of the defendant, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.