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Friday, March 17, 2000



Prosecution barred from
videotaping Uyesugi exam

Star-Bulletin staff


A prosecution expert will not be allowed to videotape accused multiple murderer Byran Uyesugi during an examination on Thursday and next Friday.

Judge Marie Milks today denied the prosecution's request, saying both sides will be able to cross examine the experts as to the basis of their opinions.

Milks will rule later on the prosecution's request to have the jury visit the crime scene.

Uyesugi's attorneys have indicated they will be raising the defenses of insanity and extreme mental or emotional disturbance. Uyesugi is awaiting trial May 15 for the Nov. 2 murders of his supervisor and six co-workers at the Xerox Corp. building on Nimitz Highway.

The prosecution has hired psychiatrist Michael Welner and psychologist Harold Hall to examine Uyesugi, to assist in rebutting those defenses. Welner had asked to videotape Uyesugi during his exam.

Deputy prosecutor Kevin Takata said the videotape would be useful in the event other experts have a dispute or question about the interview.

But, Uyesugi's attorney, Rodney Ching, said the presence of a camera could intimidate Uyesugi and affect the results.

Meanwhile, the prosecution also is asking the court to allow the jury to visit the crime scene, to help the jury determine Uyesugi's state of mind at the time of the shootings, said Prosecutor Peter Carlisle.

But Ching argued that the visit is unnecessary and also would present numerous logistical and security problems.

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