Slain wife worried about spouse’s mental health

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) – Court documents show Lori Gellatly worried about her husband’s mental health, telling police he was “on medication for anxiety/bipolar disorder” but it “wasn’t working.”

In the arrest warrant detailing her murder, the suspected killer, her husband Scott Gellatly, tells police he had no recollection of going to the Oxford home Wednesday morning.

We asked a psychiatrist not involved in the case about bipolar disorder and its effects.

“Bipolar disorder is what’s called a mood disorder,” said Dr. Harold Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living.

Schwartz said the disorder is characterized by extreme highs and lows. Patients can be euphoric, fall into extreme depression, and can even turn psychotic.

Scott Gellatly stands before the judge during his arraignment in Superior court in Derby, Conn. on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Brian A. Pounds, Pool)
Scott Gellatly stands before the judge during his arraignment in Superior court in Derby, Conn. on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Brian A. Pounds, Pool)

“It is possible a certain number of individuals under the influence of psychosis may engage in acts they wouldn’t engage in otherwise,” he said.

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According to court documents, Gellatly told police he woke up Wednesday and “wanted to commit suicide.” He said he had no knowledge of any weapons and could not remember if he was at his estranged wife’s house.

“It is possible to have an amnesic period – a period of amnesia, a period of not remembering during a psychotic episode,” Schwartz said. “But it’s not typical of a psychotic episode of a bipolar disorder.”

Schwartz also emphasized that the vast majority of people who are bipolar are not violent and do not commit violent acts. It is easily treated with counsel and medication, he said.

Gellatly was ordered held on $2 million bond during his arraignment Thursday at Derby Superior Court. He’s accused of fatally shooting his wife and seriously wounding her mother. Merry Jackson, who remained hospitalized in critical condition late Thursday.

At the time of the murder, Lori had a temporary restraining order against Scott that alleged previous domestic abuse. A hearing on the matter had been scheduled for Thursday.

The National Institute of Mental Health has additional information on bipolar disorder, its causes, signs, symptoms and more.

Read the arrest warrant and police report on the Ofxord murder and arrest (.PDF document may take a few moments to load).

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