Defendant Brian Reavis’ mother took the stand again today, along with a local psychologist who gave his testimony on the accuser’s history of metal illness.
The psychologist testified that just two days before the attack on the 95-year-old victim, Brian Reavis was prescribed medication for schizophrenia.
He also told the jury that Reavis has a long history of drug abuse and combining that with his mental problems may have led to the attack.
According to prosecutors, the Brain Reavis trial could end one of two ways, with Reavis spending the rest of his life in prison or in a mental facility if found guilty for the robbery, rape, and beating of a now 96-year-old Wilmington woman.
It’s up to his defense attorney to prove to the jury whether Reavis was insane at the time he committed the crime.
In court Thursday, Reavis’ attorney produced pages upon pages of records from his clients mental history. The jury also heard from local psychologist Jerry Sloan who evaluated Reavis’ mental state months after the attack.
The psychologist said Reavis’ bouts with mental disorders date back years. He’s been diagnosed with psychosis, schizophrenia and depression. He also highlighted the fact that Reavis also has a long history of cocaine abuse.
The doctor said that if someone with a metal illness adds cocaine to the mix, it is adding fuel to the fire and that drug-induced behavior may have led to the attack.
Just days before the attack, Reavis was treated at the Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital. He also tested positive for cocaine and was given a prescription for medication, which was never filled.
Two days before the attack, he went to the Southeastern Center for Mental Health because he was hearing voices in his head.
Reavis’ anguished mother told prosecutors that she couldn’t believe that her son attacked the women saying, “I do believe he pushed that lady and stole her money but I don’t believe he raped that woman.”
The prosecutor then asked if she didn’t think there should be consequences for his actions. She responded, “But you just want to put him in a cage.”
Doctor Sloan said Reavis would need mental treatment for the rest of his life.