Psychologist testifies in Hopatcong murder trial

By JOE CARLSON

jcarlson@njherald.com

SUPERIOR COURT Mirna Bolanos believed that her mother was possessed by evil forces on the day that Bolanos killed her mother with a baseball bat in 2013, a forensic psychologist said on Tuesday.

Taking the stand in the bench trial as an expert witness for the defense, Dr. Edward J. Dougherty said that throughout her life, Bolanos has suffered from schizoaffective disorder a name used to encapsulate a person suffering from symptoms of schizophrenia and mood disorders such as mania or depression and had a long history of auditory and visual hallucinations including the bathroom tiles in her Flora Avenue home sending her messages in t