- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man has been granted a new trial after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the testimony of a court-appointed clinical psychologist wasn’t allowed after the man abandoned his insanity defense.

Joseph Harris of Cincinnati was indicted in October 2010 for the murder of Shane Gulleman and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. After a court-appointed psychologist concluded he was competent to stand trial, Harris later presented an alibi.

During the trial, the psychologist testified that Harris feigned some symptoms of mental illness during his earlier evaluation. The jury found Harris guilty in 2011.

In a unanimous decision, Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy wrote Thursday that the psychologist’s testimony violated Harris’ constitutional right against self-incrimination, and that he should be granted a new trial.

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