A Westmoreland County man is currently raising a defense of Gulf War Syndrome or post-traumatic stress disorder. Scott A. Laich, who served in Iraq in 1991, was first convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her lover in 1997. Due to improperly admitted hearsay evidence, the Pennsylvania Superior Court overturned this conviction in 2001. Commonwealth v. Laich, 777 A.2d 1057 (Pa. Super. 2001). Laich was re-tried and convicted in 2003. Laich is now arguing that, due to his post-war stress, he had a diminished capacity defense and could not have intended to kill the victims.


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