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Psychiatrist: Alleged Publix shooter not in control of actions

News Channel 8
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:14 PM
CLEARWATER -

Arunya Rouch was in a state of disassociation and not in control of her actions the day she shot a Publix co-worker, a psychiatrist testified Tuesday.

Carl Jones was the first defense witness in Rouch's murder trial. The defense contends Rouch was insane the day in March 2010, when she went on a shooting rampage.

Rouch returned to the Tarpon Springs Publix store after being fired for threatening a co-worker. Police say she shot and killed co-worker Greg Janowski as he sat in his car in the parking lot.

Dramatic store video shows Rouch entering the store and firing at least 12 rounds until police stopped her.

On Tuesday morning, the prosecution drove home the point that Rouch had to reload the gun to fire that many times.

Later in the day, the defense asked the judge for a mistrial and a judgment of acquittal. The judge denied both motions.

Rouch's attorneys called several former co-workers to testify about what attorneys say was a pattern of abuse at the store. Former Publix worker Erica Taylor said the victim, Janowski, often used racial and derogatory terms when speaking to Rouch.

Rouch's husband is expected to testify when the trial continues today.

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