Nicholas Godejohn Will Use Autism as His Defense During Trial for Murder of Dee Dee Blanchard

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The man charged with killing the mother of Gypsy Blanchard back in June of 2015 will go to trial on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Nicholas Godejohn sat in court for a hearing to determine what will and will not be presented to a jury

Godejohn’s defense will be that because of his autism, he had a diminished mental capacity at the time of the crime and was not able to deliberate before committing it. It’s a defense that he wants a mental health expert to confirm during the trial, but prosecutor, Dan Patterson argues that is for the jury to decide.

When interviewed in January, Nicholas Godejohn had a full head of hair and a beard. On Wednesday, he sat in court with a shaved head and beard. Ten months ago, Godejohn told KOLR10 that he stabbed his girlfriend’s mother, Dee Dee Blanchard to death to end the years of medical abuse that she put Gypsy through. Three years later, he has second thoughts about his actions.

“I wish I would have known it was more manipulation than love cause if I would have known that, I probably would not have been in this situation I’m in,” says Godejohn. 

Blinded by love and a mental health illness are the defenses that Godejohn will use when his trial starts on Tuesday.

 “Due to my main disability, it’s pretty easy for me to be deceived,” says Godejohn. 

During the hearing, Godejohn’s attorney, Dewayne Perry said doctors have diagnosed him with autism. Therefore, the defense wants Judge, David Jones to allow a mental health expert to testify that the disease affected Godejohn’s ability to consider his actions before the murder.

 Prosecutor, Dan Patterson argues that a jury should make that determination. Judge Jones told both sides he will make a decision on Wednesday night. 

On Thursday, the attorneys will sift through 80 jurors to narrow it down to 12 by Friday. 

The trial starts on Tuesday and Godejohn tells KOLR10 that he won’t be taking the stand, but that he might take the stand if there is a sentencing phase.

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