Jury Questions for Dr. DeMarte


  1. Was JA mentally ill prior to the murder?  A:  She has BPD and it doesn’t come out of the blue.
  2. Without having training in DAPS testing, what is your basis for believing RG administered incorrectly?  A:  it is self-reporting test. Don’t need extensive training in it. I have read the manual several times–many mistakes.
  3. How many tests are there to diagnose the disorder and PTSD?  A:  There are 100s of tests. Some are more popular.
  4. How many did you personally administer?  A:  RAP, MMPI, TSI, WAIS. Four.
  5. How many years experience do you have in treating DV?  A:  Since 2004
  6. How many years experience with victims of sexual abuse?  A:  Same time frame.
  7. Do these fields require certification?  A:  Yes for a clinical psychologist. In terms of PTSD or DV, there’s no certification out there.
  8. When you were treating patients from 2004-2008, was it by yourself or with another psychologist?  A:  While unlicensed, we practice under the license of another psychologist but we meet alone with the patient.
  9. Do you feel that the knowledge of a sexual assault is as damaging as having a memory of it?  A:  Memory supports symptoms of intrusive thoughts. It wouldn’t be PTSD without memory.
  10. Can the body have reactions to certain stimuli that triggers emotions to a memory?  A:  Yes–there could be a physiological reaction.
  11. In one of the communications between JA and TA, TA says JA can have all of his passwords. Is it still unwanted intrusive behavior?  A:  No–not when they exchanged. As time went on, it was clear TA took away the permission.
  12. There were some communications between TA and other women where he complained that JA wouldn’t leave him alone. Were these people, like Michele Lowry, aware of his relationship with JA?  A:  Not the the extent it was sexual.
  13. How long in total did JA work at the Purple Plum both times?  AJD needs to look at her notes. (Pause as she looks.)  Doesn’t have the exact times she worked there.
  14. Did you monitor her at all after the 4 times you met with her?  A:  No.
  15. How far back did your forensic evaluation go and were all the records were available?  A:  All the records pertaining to her were made available to me, as far as I know. Evaluation wnet back to her childhood.
  16. Do you consider BPD a mental illness or psychological disorder and why?  A:  It’s a psychological disorder (same as metal illness)
  17. How does dissociation play into BPD?  A:  It’s a technique to distance oneself from an environment that is anxiety-provoking. One of the symptoms of BPD is dissociation and paranoia.