Man found not criminally responsible of attempted murder in attack on wife — (The Baltimore Sun)

SSRI Ed note: Man on Zoloft has an incident of explosive rage, attempts to murder beloved wife for no apparent reason, causes serious injury. Nobody can explain.

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The Baltimore Sun

December 10, 2000

By Johnathon E. Briggs, SUN STAFF

An Annapolis man who crashed his car in an apparent attempt to kill his wife has been found guilty – but not criminally responsible – on one count of attempted second-degree murder.

Douglas D. Lund, 36, of the first block of Colonial Ave. was charged in the Sept. 7, 1999, incident in which police said he banged his wife’s head into the pavement after he intentionally released her seat belt and crashed their car into a metal fence and barrier near the State House.

He carried his wife, Amy, toward the College Creek Bridge and put her on the grass before flagging down a vehicle for help, police said

Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck found Douglas Lund guilty Thursday and, based on the opinion of two doctors, competent to stand trial, but not criminally responsible for the assault – the equivalent of an insanity ruling.

The judge committed him to the state’s Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center for the criminally insane for evaluation to determine whether he should remain under treatment there or be set free. He has been receiving inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson since his arrest.

Amy Lund, who suffered a broken back, a broken collarbone, a black eye, and cuts and bruises, filed for divorce Feb. 25 and filed a civil suit Sept. 6 seeking $30 million in damages. Both cases are pending.


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Police say man tried to kill wife after auto accident — (Associated Press)

22 September 1999

Associated Press Newswires

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – An Annapolis man tried to kill his wife in a car crash outside the State House, and then beat her after his attempt failed, police said.   Douglas Lund, 36, was ordered held without bond Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly trying to kill his wife, Amy Lund, 32, on Sept. 7.

Lund and his wife went for a drive early in the morning because Lund could not sleep, police said. Lund drove the car into a metal fence outside the State House, allegedly unfastening his wife’s seat belt before intentionally crashing into the fence, police said.

He then pulled Ms. Lund from the car and beat her head against the pavement several times, according to police. Ms. Lund suffered a broken collarbone and finger and a shattered vertebrae.

Lund was taking Zoloft to treat depression, a drug that his mother blamed for the incident. “He took the drug and started hallucinating,” said Jo Ann Lund.

Lund will have another bail review hearing this week after a competency evaluation, said a spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s office.