Motion filed to use insanity defense in Amber Pasztor case

Amber Pasztor
Photo of Amber Pasztor provided by the Elkhart Police Department

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Amber Pasztor’s attorney has filed a motion letting the court know he’s planning to use an insanity defense.

Pasztor’s attorney will have to convince a jury that she was not able to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions because of a mental disease or defect.

According to Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Stephen Ross, it is rare that defendants are actually found to be insane.In fact, it only works about one percent of the time. To prove that’s the case with Amber Pazstor, it could take months of evaluations, interviews and testing.

“I get hospital records,”said Ross. “I talk to family members. They’re usually isolated and in their own little world.”

Dr. Ross has testified in hundreds of cases. There’s a possibility he could even be called in to evaluate Pasztor. Pasztor admitted to us in a jailhouse interview last month that she kidnapped and killed her two children.

“A lot of folks who are not insane don’t want to take responsibility for their behaviors,” said Dr. Ross.

It’s difficult to tell if this is the case with Pasztor. If Pasztor is found to be insane that doesn’t necessarily mean a shorter sentence.

“If the court determines that, you don’t walk,” he said. “You may spend more time in prison, than if you just did your executed sentence.”

Right now, lawyers are she trying to determine whether or not she is competent to stand trial. An Elkhart County judge has ordered she be evaluated by two psychiatric experts.