2010-06-10 / Local & State

Defense: Hawaii Man Unsure If He Killed Pa. Man

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The attorney representing a Hawaii man accused of strangling a University of Pittsburgh professor in 1996 says his client has psychiatric problems and isn’t sure whether he committed the crime.

Attorney Michael Green says 36-year-old Jason Lee McCormick “goes in and out- ’’ and “doesn’t know if he did it or he didn’t do it.’’

Police in Honolulu last month charged McCormick with second-degree murder in the July 1996 killing of 51- year-old linguistics professor Robert Henderson, a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii. A message left on Henderson’s body suggested that he was a child molester, but police said there was no evidence of that.

Green says McCormick confessed to the crime in 2008 while he was being treated at a psychiatric facility and later went to police and confessed again, but he was not charged until two years later.

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