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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Testimony resumed today in the trial of Bryan Oliver -- the teen charged with shooting and trying to kill classmate Bowe Cleveland at Taft Union High School two years ago.

    The trial was put on hold Monday due to jury scheduling conflicts.
         
    The trial recessed Nov. 20 ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, after Oliver took the stand in his own defense, saying he was the subject of relentless bullying, and blacked out before and during the shooting.
         
    This morning a local psychologist took the stand, saying oliver is bipolar and has ptsd amongst other diagoses.
         
    Dr. Kris Mohandie, a well known national psychologist is set to take the stand later in the trial, as an expert for the prosecution.
       

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    DELANO, CA - There are still no arrests in the death of a Delano mother whose body was found in the Friant-Kern Canal one year ago. Delano police say the estranged husband of Erika Padron Lango remains a person of interest in her death, but there isn't enough evidence to make an arrest. Delano police say Julio Lango was the last person to see Erika Lango alive.

    He was facing three misdemeanor charges of spousal battery when she disappeared. The charges were dismissed after Erika went missing and didn't appear as a witness in court.

    Surveillance video shows the 26-year-old mother of four on October 9, 2013, leaving an AM-PM store with her estranged husband. That's the last time she was seen alive.

    After her disappearance, Erika's family spoke with 17 News about her relationship with her husband.

    Erika's cousin Jessica Cisneros said, "She was married to him for about nine years and abuse was always in the picture. She just always tried to make things work, she always gave him the benefit of the doubt like probably he could just change."

    According to court documents filed two weeks before her disappearance, Erika told police Julio grabbed her by her hair and pulled her to the ground because he felt the house wasn't clean. Since Erika never made it to court to testify about those allegations, the case was dropped.

    Experts say this type of abuse is often seen in cases of domestic violence.

    Carolann Wooton with the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault said, "It's common in a domestic violence situation for the abuser to overreact in a way that doesn't seem appropriate for the violation....burning dinner, cooking late, not having dinner ready when you come home, those are actually really good warning signs that you have a problem."

    Wooton says three women have been killed in our county this year because of domestic abuse. She says the organization helped nearly 3,000 victims of abuse last year, but there are likely thousands more.

    "We also know that many violent situations don't get reported. Probably more than half," said Wooton.

    If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, you can call the alliance hotline at 327-1091.

    Anyone with information about Erika Lango's death is asked to call Delano police 721-3377.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Police need your help identifying a man they say lunged at a security guard while armed at a Fastrip store on South Union Avenue last month.

    Police say on the night of November 15, a security officer at the Fastrip at 4901 So. Union Av. contacted the suspect who was loitering at the business and asked him to leave the property. The suspect brandished a small knife and metal pipe and lunged at the security officer.

    The security officer was able to push the suspect away and the suspect fled eastbound on Pacheco Rd. from the business. The security officer was uninjured as a result of the attack.

    Police describe the suspect, who is possibly a transient in the area, as a: hispanic man, 20’s, 5’7”, 140 lbs., black curly hair,
    wearing a black and gray hooded sweatshirt and black shorts.

    If you have information regarding this case, call Chris Feola at (661)326-3871 or Bakersfield police at (661) 327-7111.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The trial of Bryan Oliver, the teen charged with shooting and trying to kill classmate Bowe Cleveland at Taft Union High School nearly two years ago, resumed Wednesday. After the trial was put on hold Monday due to jury scheduling conflicts and had been in recess since Novemeber 20, after Bryan Oliver took the stand in his own defense. Oliver testified he was the subject of relentless bullying, and blacked out before and during the shooting.

    Wednesday's only testimony was from an expert witness for the defense, Dr. Thomas Middleton. Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman questioned Middleton on his 11-page report summarizing a series of tests, Dr. Middleton conducted with Oliver. Dr. Middleton's method included personality to neurological testing. From his findings Middleton concluded that Bryan Oliver is bipolar and has PTSD. He also testified Oliver's PTSD in conjunction with bipolar and manic caused a
    dissociative episode the day of the shooting. This finding supported Oliver's statement that he did experience a blackout the day he shot Bowe Cleveland.

    Middleton was also questioned about his 40-page critique of the prosecution's witness Dr. Kris Mohandie, where he explained Mohandie neglected to include Oliver's bullying experience in his study.

    Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pafford started cross-examination after the lunch break, working hard to discredit Middleton's experience with school violence and threat assessment. When the prosecution addressed Oliver's symptoms of PTSD a family member began to cry. After she was excused, Judge John Lua recessed for the day saying they will finish with the prosecution's cross examination Thursday. Dr. Kris Mohandie, a well-known national psychologist and expert for the prosecution, attended the proceedings, he is expected to take the stand later this week.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA.-Here is a look at this year's parade route for the Annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade.

    The parade will start at 22nd and L St. right outside our KGET studios. It heads south on L to 21st St., then takes a right to G St. Then, it heads south to 20th St., takes a left and wraps up at O St. 

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    Fleetwood Mac will be coming to the Rabobank Arena on April 6, 2015.

    Fleetwood Mac, who have been performing to sold-out shows throughout North America, have confirmed they will be adding 11 more dates to their critically-acclaimed ON WITH THE SHOW tour, which includes a stop in Bakersfield.

    From the release:

    American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Dec. 15 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com. For further information and on sale dates, please go to www.fleetwoodmac.com.
     
    Fleetwood Mac is currently performing with their five star lineup including the returning songbird Christine McVie who rejoined the band following a 16 year absence.

    For a complete Fleetwood Mac itinerary listing current dates and additional shows see below.

    NEW ON WITH THE SHOW 2015 TOUR DATES IN BOLD BELOW
    Jan 16, 2015 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
    Jan 17, 2015 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
    Jan 20, 2015 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
    Jan 22, 2015 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
    Jan 24, 2015 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
    Jan 25, 2015 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
    Jan 28, 2015 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
    Jan 30, 2015 Washington DC Verizon Center
    Jan 31, 2015 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center**
    Feb 03, 2015 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
    Feb 05, 2015 Montreal, QC Bell Centre**
    Feb 07, 2015 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
    Feb 08, 2015 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
    Feb 11, 2015 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena**
    Feb 12, 2015 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
    Feb 14, 2015 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
    Feb 17, 2015 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    Feb 18, 2015 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena**
    Mar 01, 2015 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center**
    Mar 03, 2015 Houston, TX Toyota Center**
    Mar 04, 2015 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
    Mar 07, 2015 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
    Mar 08, 2015 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena**
    Mar 11, 2015 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
    Mar 12, 2015 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
    Mar 15, 2015 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
    Mar 17, 2015 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
    Mar 18, 2015 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    Mar 21, 2015 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
    Mar 23, 2015 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
    Mar 25, 2015 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
    Mar 27, 2015 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
    Mar 28, 2015 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center**
    Mar 31, 2015 Witchita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena**
    Apr 01, 2015 Denver, CO Pepsi Center**
    Apr 04, 2015 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
    Apr 06, 2015 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
    Apr 07, 2015 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
    Apr 10, 2015 Los Angeles, CA The Forum (on sale Dec. 13)
    Apr 11, 2015 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Anyone who's lost a loved one knows how hard it is to fully embrace the holidays when the pain of that loss is still with you.

    Last night, several hundred people welcomed the opportunity to heal and gain strength with others during Optimal Hospice's annual "Light Up a Life" event at the Kern County Museum.
         
    Candles were lit in rememberance of loved ones who've passed on..Their names read one by one in a somber celebration of the lives they lived and the love they shared with families and friends.

    If you didn't make it out to last night's event there are three more celebrations planned in Kern County.
         
    There will be a Light Up a Life ceremony this Saturday in the Kern rRver Valley at 11 a.m, Sunday in Tehachapi at 4:30 p.m., and next Thursday, Dec 11 in Taft at 6 p.m.

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    BAKERSFIELD,CA. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's assistance in locating a suspect wanted for theft.

    The suspect is wannted for purchasing a guitar with a stolen credit card. 

    The incident happened on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Rosedale Music Store on Rosedale Highway where the guitar was purchased.

    The guitar is described as a blue/ green Joe Perry signature model Gibson Les Paul.

    According to KCSO, the suspect is believed to frequent music stores. 

    If anyone has information on this suspect, they are asked to call Detective Brooks at 661-391-7612 or Secret Witness 661-322-4040. 

    Anonymous tips text TIP411 (847411), type “KCSO” prior to Message. 


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Tehachapi deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect for vehicle theft on Dec. 3.

    The incident happened around 1 p.m. when a Tehachapi deputy attempted a traffic stop on a green Honda Accord, at which point the suspect fled on foot. 

    Through an investigation, deputies identified the subject as Raul Gonzales Jr., 19, of Tehachapi, who fled the vehicle on foot into a nearby area.

    Deputies conducted a search of the area, assisted by California Highway Patrol, Stallion Springs Police Department, and the Tehachapi Police Department.  

    Gonzales was located hiding in a closet within an apartment in the 21300 block of Santa Barbara.  Gonzales was arrested without further incident.  

    Gonzales was transported and booked into the Mojave jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and for Resisting/ Delaying a Peace Officer.  In addition, Gonzales was booked for three Misdemeanor warrants.

    A passenger was with Gonzales who was detained but was released after it was determined he did not have a connection to the theft of the vehicle.

    The vehicle was reported stolen from Bakersfield.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - After a nearly two week break, testimony resumed today in the trial of accused Taft High School shooter Bryan Oliver.
         
    Dr. Thomas Middleton, an expert witness for the defense took the stand.
         
    Middleton testified he concluded accused shooter Oliver is bi-polar and suffers from PTSD.
         
    Middleton said Oliver's condition caused a dissociative episode the day of the shooting -- supporting Oliver's claim that he blacked out the day he shot classmate Bowe Cleveland in science class.

    Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pafford questioned how Oliver could have blacked out but still remember how many shotgun shells he put in the gun when questioned by detectives.

    Middleton said Oliver developed personas/ characters in fantasy and real life to distance himself from the pain he was facing because of bullying at the school.
     
    Testimony resumes this afternoon.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Two psychologists took the stand Thursday in the trial of accused Taft Union High School shooter Bryan Oliver.

    Judge John Lua banned cameras in the proceedings. 17's Kristin Price was in the courtroom.

    Expert witness for the defense, Dr. Thomas Middleton, answered questions Thursday from both Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pafford and defense attorney Paul Cadman about his psychological evaluation of Oliver.

    Middleton testified Oliver has Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a sexual disorder and a learning disability. Middleton said Oliver's PTSD is caused by physical assaults, bullying and harassment over a long period of time.

    He testified Oliver developed personas -- or characters -- in both fantasy and reality to distance himself from pain he faced.

    Middleton said he doesn't think Oliver was lying when he testified he doesn't remember the shooting in January 2013.

    Late Thursday afternoon, Dr. Kris Mohandie took the stand for the prosecution. Mohandie extensively explained his experience -- including his work in cases of school violence, police shootings and other high profile trials. He didn't answer questions about the case. Mohandie will take the stand again Friday morning.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The California Hghway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on Interstate 5 that happened early this morning.

    The incident happened just after midnight on southbound I-5 near the Taft Highway exit.
         
    According to the CHP, the driver of a pickup pulled in front of a Honda and was struck.
         
    The pickup rolled over several times, ejecting the driver.
         
    Officers said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.
         
    The driver's identity has not been released.
         
    According to the CHP website,  the woman driving the Honda suffered a panic attack and was taken to the hospital.

    It's unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - In the trial of accused Taft High School shooter Bryan Oliver, a second psychologist is expected to take the stand today.

    Psychologist Thomas Middleton took the witness stand for a second day yesterday.
         
    Middleton is an expert witness for the defense. He testified that Oliver has bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, a sexual disorder, and a learning disability.
         
    Middleton said Oliver's PTSD was caused by physical assault, bullying, and harrassment over a long period of time.
         
    He testified Oliver developed personas -- or characters -- in both fantasy and reality to distance himself from the pain he faced.
         
    Middleton said he doesn't think Oliver was lying when he testified he doesn't remember the shooting.
         
    Today,  Psychologist Dr. Kris Mohandie will take the stand for the prosecution and is expected to contradict some of Middleton's testimony.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community's help in locating two suspects wanted for robbery.

    According to BPD, two suspects entered the Walmart on Colony Street, concealed merchandise and exited the store without paying.

    The incident happened on Nov. 23, just before 6 p.m.

    According to BPD, when the suspects were confronted by store employees one of the suspects pushed and punched one of the employees.

    The suspects then fled the store into the parking lot toward Panama Lane.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Chris Feola at 661-326-3871 or the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The Bakerfsield Police Department is informing local businesses that there have been some fraudulent payroll checks bearing the City of Bakersfield seal currently circulating the area.

    The BPD state the checks appear to be valid, and include checking account numbers and routing numbers, but they urge caution when encountering these checks.

    The BPD advise calling the city of Bakersfield Treasury Department at 661-326-3762 if you suspect a check may be fraudulent.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective John Talbot at 661-326-3858 or the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The latest jobs numbers for the month of November was released today and suggest job creation has increased.

    In November, the economy added 321,000 positions though the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent.
         
    Economists were expecting 230,000 new non-farm payroll jobs and unemployment at 5.8 percent.
         
    Professional and business services led the way, as retail added 50,000 new hires heading into the holiday shopping season.

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    If you're out looking for some fun holiday activities this weekend, check out these family friendly events happening in town.


    There will be a walking tour through Kern's Christmas past with the Holiday Lamplight Tour starting tonight, Dec. 5, at the Kern County Museum.

    The holiday lights tour consists of costumed participants, carolers and the big man himself transforming  the Kern County Museum to give families a look at Christmas in the late 1800s.

    Visitors can take guided tours of Pioneer Village, listen to carolers and entertainers throughout the grounds, view the decorated homes on a carriage ride through the village, take part in a victorian tea, play games, do crafts with the kids or visit San ta Claus as he pays a visit to the Bena Depot Train Station.

    Tickets are just $8 for museum members ($10 for non-members) and family 4 packs are only $30. Tickets are on sale now at the Museum gift shop at 3801 Chester Avenue.

    The event will continue on Dec. 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20.  

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    Another fun event for the whole family is the Winter Wonderland at San Joaquin Community Hospital's Ice Center.

    The events include ice skating, a craft room, holiday music, face painting, fun in the snow, and Santa, too!

    Winter Playground happens every Saturday and Sunday in December, including Dec. 22, 23, and 24.

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    Bakersfield residents can enjoy a trip to the North Pole this season by stopping off at Christmas Town right next to Sam Lynn Ballpark.

    Families can enjoy holiday lights, Santa Claus, hayrides, ice skating, and sled rides. 

    General Admission tickets are $15; Children 3-9 are $12; Senior Citizens are $12, and children 2 years old or younger get in for free.

    For a full list of events and information, visit their website at bakersfieldchristmastown.com.

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    If you're out for First Friday tonight, stop by the Guild House at the corner of 18th and F Streets for some live music, holiday decorations, and food.

    The restaurant will serve a glass of wine and a plate of hors d'oeuvres for $10 a person.

    The Guild House is an all-volunteer restaurant that helps provide funding for the Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Clinic.

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    If you're looking for some adventurous social time, the Assistance League of Bakersfield will host their 25th Annual Chez Noel Home Tour and Holiday Boutique. 

    The self-guided tour will visit four beautifully decorated homes, emphasizing holiday designs on walls, floors, window treatments, furnishings, paintings, and accent decor.

    The homes will also feature ways to transform your home for entertaining guests for the holidays.

    The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets cost $35 per person.

    Tickets are available at any of the following locations:

    Bargain Box Thrift Store, 1924 Q Street
    Christine's, 4915 Stockdale Highway 
    In-Spire Salon and Spa, 3615 Coffee Rd., Suite 500
    Kern Travel, 3501 Mall View Road, #104 
    Sugardaddy's, 5512 Stockdale Highway 
    Victoria's at the Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. 

    For more info, call 861-9223 or email info.bakersfieldassistance@gmail.com 

    You can also visit their website at bakersfield.assistanceleague.org





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    BAKEERSFIELD, CA. - The California High-Speed Rail Authority hosted a forum this morning to give details on the upcoming bid to begin construction through Wasco and Shafter.

    The authority said the event allowed interested firms to network and learn about the requirements of the contract.
         
    The contracted route will extend approximately 30 miles through the central valley, beginning one mile north of the Tulare and Kern County line to Galpin Street, north of Bakersfield.

    The estimated cost of this part of the project is between $700 and $900 million.

    "This is a networking opportunity, so small businesses or individuals that want to work on the project can meet those companies that are proposing to submit a bid on the project," said Diana Gomez, Central Valley Regional Director.

    The forum was held at Bakersfield College's Forum West room.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - This Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Dec. 7 is the day Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base just outside of Honolulu. 
         
    The surprise barrage destroyed 20 American naval vessels, killing more than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors.
         
    But thankfully, some military men and women were able to survive and return home to their families.
         
    17's Ryann Blackshere Vargas was live in studio with the daughter of a survivor who is honoring her father on this upcoming anniversary.

    Rebecca Countryman joined us in the studio to remember her father, US Navyman Earl Bishop senior, who was a baker on the USS West Virginia on the day president FDR said would "live on in infamy."

    It's also the day her father's life was saved.

    "I'm very proud of my dad, very proud of my dad for surviving the US Navy and im very proud that he lived," said Countryman.

    He lived to tell his children of the Sunday morning he spent on the top deck of the USS West Virginia, when bombs and bullets started raining down on his ship.

    "It was very scary," Countryman said. He was a baker on the ship and when the torpedo hit the ship the chief and him my dad and several of the men went down and closed the water tight doors. well while they were down there they were frustrated so they got irish potatoes and they went back up to the top and threw the irish potatoes at the japanese planes."

    An international war had started...and so had her father's quest to find safety.

    "When the attack happened there was a lot of gas and oil in the water so that water was hot and burning and on fire. So he literally, I believe, had to jump from the USS West Virginia to the USS Tennessee and since it was docked be able to get there," she said.

    He eventually walked ashore 2500 miles away from his wife Ruth, who hadn't been listening to the radio and knew nothing about what had happened.

    "She did not know that he was even in the attack until she got a postcard from him a week later saying that he was ok," Countryman said.

    After he was cleared to return home to California to his wife and daughter, he eventually had a son and another daughter, rebecca. 
         
    Bishop senior passed away in 1998, 57 years after he escaped death during the attack.

    "I''m very honored that he lived that long and the man upstairs must have been watching over him for me to have my dad for so many years," she said. "I feel really really blessed to have my dad as many years as I did."

    Countryman wants to one day write a book in her father's honor about Pearl Harbor and have family artists like her grandson and niece illustrate the story.
         
    And this Sunday, a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony will be held in downtown Bakersfield.
         
    The event is a the Kern Veterans memorial at the coroner of s street and Truxtun Avenue at 9:55 a-m., the time of the attack 73 years ago.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A nationally known psychologist testified Friday for the prosecution, in the trial of accused Taft Union High School shooter Bryan Oliver. Thursday, jurors heard testimony from a psychologist for the defense. Both discussed Oliver's mental state before and during the shooting in January 2013 and their evaluations of him after.

    The psychologists have different backgrounds, pay scales, time spent on the case and opinions of Oliver's conditions.

    Dr. Kris Mohandie is testifying for the prosecution. He said Oliver's test results don't indicate Oliver is Bipolar or has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Dr. Thomas Middleton, a local psychologist testifying for the defense, said Thursday Oliver is Bipolar and has PTSD.

    Mohandie testified "snapping" is a myth, that people give warning signs before they plan an attack.

    During the trial oliver testified he told a couple classmates he had a bad feeling the day before the shooting and told them not to come to school. He testified at the trial, he was relentlessly bullied and couldn't take it anymore.

    Mohandie has worked on other high profile court cases including the trial of James Holmes accused in the shooting at a movie theater in Colorado. Mohandie also said he regularly consults on cases in the entertainment industry.

    In October 2013 Mohandie gave a presentation at the Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation fall luncheon about school shootings. During the event he said, "I'm a big fan of see something say something campaigns because when it comes to school violence, nearly always the person has told somebody about their intentions beforehand."

    During their testimony, the psychologists also discussed their pay rates and hours spent on the case. Mohandie said he charges $450 an hour and worked on the case for 95 hours before the trial, equaling $42,750. Middleton testified he charges $150 an hour and spent 30 hours on his evaluation, a compensation of $4,500.

    Testimony is expected to resume Monday morning. Judge John Lua says closing arguments should happen midweek.

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