Therapist: Teen accused of killing Mesa County Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer has ADHD

Posted at 8:35 AM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 10:35:12-04

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A therapist says a 17-year-old charged with killing a western Colorado sheriff's deputy has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD.

Deputy Derek Geer died after being shot in the face, hand, chest and vest.

Austin Patrick Holzer is charged with murder in the 1st degree of a peace officer, assault, trespass, tampering with evidence, failure to register as a sex offender, defacing a firearm, possession of a defaced firearm, theft, possession of a handgun by a juvenile and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.

Holzer is being prosecuted as an adult. His attorneys are seeking to have the case moved back to juvenile court.

Therapist Richard Mottern testified Tuesday that he tested Holzer in 2013 for ADHD and attention deficit disorder, according to The Daily Sentinel. Mottern found Holzer tested in the 99th percentile for hyperactivity, attention problems and feelings of inadequacy, all signs of the illnesses.

A psychologist has testified that Holzer does not have ADHD.

Prosecutors argued that the point is moot, as not all people with ADHD kill people.

In juvenile court, Holzer could face a term of just over three years in an institution, the Sentinel reports.

If he is tried as an adult, Holzer faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.