In the past, Robert Flor refused psychological evaluation and would not argue against getting the death penalty. After a week on new medication, that has all changed
The Bucks County man who admitted this week to killing a Newtown police officer now says he doesn't want to be put to death and would prefer to spend the rest of his life in prison, contrary to previous testimony in the case, according to his defense team.
The defense says a new medication Robert Flor, 39, formerly of Bedminster, is taking for bipolar disorder, has dramatically changed his thinking and willingness to cooperate with his attorneys, prompting the change of heart.
''What has happened in one week, we have literally moved heaven and earth,'' Bradley Bastedo, one of Flor's three attorneys, said in court Tuesday. Flor, who hadn't been cooperating with his defense team in the weeks leading up to his guilty plea, has also agreed to get a psychological evaluation, something he's refused to do in the past.
''We continue to believe that [Flor's past] refusal to comply to testing was an outgrowth of mental illness,'' said Peter Hall, who along with Bastedo is defending Flor.
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