Mulling 'diminished capacity' defense in Millersville dorm murder

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 26, 2015 4:32 AM

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(Lancaster) -- A defense attorney says a man accused of having beaten and strangled his college freshman girlfriend in her Millersville University dormitory may present a "diminished capacity'' defense.

Twenty-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta is charged in Lancaster County in the February 8th slaying of 18-year-old Karlie Hall of Chadds Ford.

Public defender John Churchville has asked a judge for a 60-day delay so he can consult with a forensic specialist, psychiatrist or psychologist about the possible defense. 

The two had been dating since high school.

Police say Orrostieta told them that Hall fell and hit her head after he shoved and struck her.

He was found trying to administer CPR, but they allege she had been dead for several hours.  

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