The first-degree attempted murder trial of Troy Mondragon, who's accused of stabbing another man 26 times in 2003, continued Monday at the Mesa County Justice Center, with testimony from medical experts.
Mondragon has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the case. Last week, the prosecution called a neural psychologist to testify and Monday's testimony came from Dr. David Johnson of the state mental hospital in Pueblo, who had been assigned to the case.
Dr. Johnson referred to evaluations done of Mondragon, one in 2003 shortly after the stabbing occurred and one in 2004, more than a year after the incident and after Mondragon entered his plea of insanity.
According to the 2003 report, when asked about the alleged stabbing incident, Mondragon simply denied being involved and was also articulate, showing no signs of any severe mental disorders.
In 2004, Johnson said the evaluation reports indicate that Mondragon had changed his story, saying he suffered a memory lapse in the same time frame of the crime, blaming it on severe sleep deprivation. Mondragon also began telling doctors about his spiritual beliefs, saying he believed he was the archangel Michael, the victim in the incident was Satan, adding that he was instructed by the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office to commit the crime.
Dr. Johnson concluded by saying in each evaluation Mondragon came in with his own agenda and added more psychological symptoms in order to convince doctors he was in fact insane.