Sacks called Dr. James Henry, a professor and director of the Child Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University, as an expert witness Thursday.
During questioning from Sacks, Henry
explained dissociation as a phenomenon of the mind in which "life becomes like watching something happening to someone else and not yourself.
A series of traumatic events, including his
biological mother giving up her
parental rights, the death of his
dog, the suicide of a close friend, breaking up with his
girlfriend and his
family losing its home, contributed to the symptoms, Henry
said Eliason was experiencing "intrusive and racing thoughts," symptoms of dissociation, that led him to kill his step-grandfather, Jesse Miles.
"It's this feeling that it's not happening to me, like watching a movie of yourself," Henry
Wild and Henry
were in disagreement on whether Dakotah's debating between suicide and homicide on the night of the shooting was premeditation or a series of "racing and intrusive thoughts," as Henry
After being questioned by Sacks and Wild, Schofield addressed Henry
said a defense attorney should "want to know why a boy who had never harmed anyone would kill someone who he
"Those three reports didn't address the question.
With a trauma lens, it makes complete sense," said Henry, who specializes in child trauma.