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July 22, 2013

Psychologists disagree over Pollard's mental disorder

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Pollard told Salter that when he originally reported the abuse, his brother and cousins teased him and called him gay.

"They [Pollard's family] told me they did not know he was sexually abused," Salter said. "They didn't actually doubt it, but they said that it was absolutely not true that ... he was teased as being homosexual."

If the teasing and resulting homophobia are not true, then Pollard's story that McDaniel came on to him — which made him panic that people would think he was gay — does not hold up, she said.

"I don't think there is anything in the mental health conditions that he had that would keep him from being able to form intent," she said. "I think what you see right after the homicide is he was very quickly able to form the intent of protecting himself and getting out of there in a way that wouldn't cause suspicion."

She doesn't believe Rypma's claims that Pollard "blacked out" during the confrontation, since he was able to detail an entire timeline of what happened in the theater.

"Most blackouts are alcoholic," she said. "Blackouts are not a term associated with PTSD. If he had blacked out, he wouldn't have remembered probably any of it."

And if Pollard was trying to escape, as he told police, he would have pushed or hit McDaniel and run, she said, not gotten into a violent struggle.

"I don't believe the state of panic described is consistent with him being calm enough to suddenly find the door, plan to make it look like a robbery, stroll out the building and nonchalantly throw a bag over his shoulder," she said.

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