Lawyer: Woman who drove into ocean had disorder

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys said a mental disorder kept a pregnant South Carolina woman from knowing the difference between right and wrong.

Defense attorneys for 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson filed a motion of intent to use an insanity defense.

Public Defender James Purdy told the Daytona Beach News-Journal Monday that experts will testify that the 32-year-old from North Charleston, South Carolina, had a mental disease or defect in March, when she drove into the surf off Daytona Beach.

Purdy said the motion doesn't necessarily mean they'll use insanity as a defense, adding that not guilty remains the "number one" priority.

According to the motion, attorneys expect to prove Wilkerson had schizophrenia and a psychotic disorder.


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