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Man accused of killing Tampa police officer may use mental health defense

TAMPA — The attorney for Humberto Delgado said Friday that he will give prosecutors notice of a mental health defense.

Delgado is charged with shooting Tampa police Cpl. Mike Roberts to death in August 2009. Defense attorney Christopher Watson raised the mental health issue during a pretrial hearing.

Roberts stopped Delgado, who was pushing a shopping cart down Nebraska Avenue, for questioning Aug. 19, 2009, according to police. A struggle ensued, and Roberts tried to shock Delgado with a Taser. Delgado broke free and shot Roberts, police said.

Officers found Delgado, 36, near the shooting scene. Officers said he yelled, "I'm sorry. I'm crazy." They also reported hearing him say, "I'm one of you."

Delgado worked as a police officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1996 to 2000. Delgado seemed to have serious emotional problems, Virgin Islands police Commissioner Novelle E. Francis, Delgado's former boss, said in 2009.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in '05 due to a knee injury and bipolar disorder. Delgado's trial is to begin this fall. He is charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Man accused of killing Tampa police officer may use mental health defense 07/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 11:30pm]
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