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High court rejects 'warrior gene' defense as unreliable

  • High court rejects 'warrior gene' defense as unreliable

By MORGAN LEE Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld a murder conviction against a man who claimed a "warrior gene" made him predisposed to impulsive acts of violence. In a unanimous decision Friday, justices ruled that a lower court was justified in excluding evidence about a theory that lacks scientific reliability in the conviction of Anthony Blas Yepez for killing an elderly Santa Fe man in 2012. The Supreme Court says evidence of mere genetic susceptibility to a given mental condition is not relevant on the issue of deliberate intent to kill. Defense attorneys say Yepez was incapable of forming the intent.