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From Asheville Citizen-Times:
NEWTON — Edwardo “Eddie” Wong Jr. shot a state trooper during a traffic stop two years ago because he feared for his life, said a neuropsychologist who believes Wong has a traumatic brain injury.

“He explained he had an experience of being robbed before and the circumstance didn't make sense to him,” said Shawn Acheson, who testified for the defense in Wong's murder trial on Tuesday. “It didn't make sense to him that he should be frisked or handcuffed over a license tag violation, and that scared him.”

The jury, for now, won't hear about that because the defense team broke a rule of evidence, and the judge ruled the testimony was “a self-serving, last-minute statement that (Wong) thinks will help his case.”

Wong is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Trooper David Shawn Blanton Jr. He could face the death penalty if convicted.


Acheson said he believes Wong suffers from traumatic brain injury that prevents him from having impulse control, foresight or an appreciation of consequences for his actions.

Wong's attorneys have said he fell from a five-story apartment building in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a child and suffered a brain injury though prosecutors have said tests showed no lesions or scarring on his brain.

Acheson is not a medical doctor. He holds a Ph.D.

Poovey limited Acheson to testifying about evidence of “diminished capacity,” which is one of the defenses Wong's attorneys have said they will use.

The term is a legal description that means a person's mental functions are impaired.

Acheson said some brain injuries aren't visible on MRI scans.

A scan of Wong's brain found no evidence of injury, according to prosecutors.

“Traumatic brain injury is not a simple thing,” he said. “It's a very complex injury process.”
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