Greene County judge deciding motion in Nicholas Godejohn’s attempt for new trial
Godejohn was convicted to first-degree murder for stabbing Dee Dee Blanchard.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Wisconsin man serving a life sentence for killing a Springfield woman is back in a Greene County Courtroom.
Nicholas Godejohn was convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing Dee Dee Blanchard in 2015. He is serving life in prison without parole, plus 25 years for armed criminal action.
Attorneys for Godejohn are asking Greene County Judge David Jones to set aside his 2018 murder conviction based on poor representation. An evidentiary hearing beginning on August 9 is scheduled to last two days.
Dee Dee Blanchard’s daughter, Gypsy, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July of 2016 for her mother’s death. A judge sentenced her to a 10-year prison sentence.
Gypsy Blanchard testified she met Godejohn, 28, of Big Bend, Wisc., online and communicated secretly for three years before he came to Springfield at her request. Prosecutors argued that Godejohn killed Blanchard and returned to Wisconsin with Gypsy by bus.
Police arrested them at Godejohn’s home a few days after the murder. In court, Gypsy said she planned her mother’s murder. She had also considered poison, arson, and a gun.
Day 2 - Nicholas Godejohn appeal hearing
4:25 pm Court is in recess.
4:17 pm Defense rests. The state has no evidence to present.
The judge tells the defense that they have 45 days from today to file their suggestions for the outcome of this case. The state then has 15 days to file its suggestions. Each side will then have a chance to rebut the other’s filing.
3:10 pm Video of Gypsy as ‘Ruby’ is played for the court.
She is describing herself as the evil side of Gypsy. She is calling Godejohn her match. She is describing all the ways they can be bad and commit crimes together. Perry is asked if he’s familiar with the video. He says he is. Perry is asked if he played the video for the jury to show that Gypsy manipulated Godejohn. He said that he didn’t but says the video does show that and that it should have been played. Perry is asked about mental examinations being conducted and admitted. Prosecutor Dan Patterson asks Perry about testimony given by their medical expert. He’s also asked about plea deals extended to Godejohn. Patterson asks about the evidence against both Gypsy and Godejohn, with Gypsy being the mastermind. Perry agrees. Judge asks about Gypsy being called as a witness against Godejohn. He states that she testified that the murder was her idea and Godejohn did what she asked. Defense asks about Gypsy’s cooperation with Perry. Perry is asked that if the murder was planned it may not mean that Godejohn contemplated it with cool reflection but through the lens of an autistic person. Perry agrees. Perry states that the defendant is entitled to competent counsel at all times.
2:47 pm Court in recess.
1:46 pm Public defender Duane Perry is called to the stand.
The defense attorney questions Perry. He is asked what he remembers of the state’s theory behind the crime. Perry states that the theory was that Gypsy and Godejohn teamed up and deliberated to commit the murder. Perry is asked if he knew that Godejohn is autistic. He says yes. He confirms that he hired Dr. Franks to determine if Godejohn was competent to stand trial. He says this was because of his mental condition and history. He states that Dr. Franks’ findings were that Godejohn has autism and is competent to stand trial. Dr. Franks also states that Godejohn had diminished capacity. Perry states that he didn’t ask him to verify that. Dr. Franks told the defense team that Godejohn had diminished capacity and went with that defense theory based on his report. Perry confirms that he learned that people with autism have difficulty with social cues. He says he was aware of this information prior to trial. Perry was asked about Gypsy and Godejohn’s online relationship including videos and messages sent. He states that he knew of it. Perry also states that the decision to proceed with the diminished capacity request was already decided prior to reviewing the communications between the pair. Perry is asked if he remembers that the state rejected Dr. Franks’ review based on his lack of experience with autistic patients. Perry states he felt the defense should still go forward with using Dr. Franks as an expert witness despite the state’s objection. Perry says he felt comfortable with Dr. Franks’ review of Godejohn. Perry doesn’t recall ever having a reason to call upon an expert on autism on Godejohn’s behalf. Perry states that he didn’t think to hire an expert to rebut the state’s expert, Dr. Denny. He states that he doesn’t recall thinking to hire an expert to rebut the state’s medical expert. He said that he relied on Dr. Franks. Perry is asked if he investigated Godejohn’s mental health with his family members. He says he talked to some of the family but is not sure if he spoke to them about diminished capacity. Perry states that he did speak to Godejohn’s father and step-father but could not reach Godejohn’s mother Stephanie Goldammer. Perry states that he did not speak to any additional family members. Perry also confirms that he never asked for Godejohn’s Wauseka County Jail records including mental evaluation. But he says it seems like something he would have liked to have known. Perry states that he was not aware of the information. Perry recalls the plea deal that Gypsy made with prosecutors. He recalls a plea bargain made to the state but it was rejected. Perry is asked about a letter Godejohn wrote to him about making a deal with the state. He says he vaguely remembers. Perry says he’s not sure that he remembers the letter even though he’s reviewed a copy while on the stand. In the letter, Godejohn says he wants to know exactly how the conversation between Perry and Patterson went and why the deal he wanted was not agreed upon. Perry says he doesn’t remember talking to the prosecutor about any deal. The defense attorney states that there is a record of 2 plea offers extended to Godejohn. But he rejected it because he wanted a lesser sentence, something closer to the sentence Gypsy received. Perry agrees that mitigating factors could assist with first-degree murder charges, including
people with mental disorders. Perry says he did not consider hiring a medical expert in autism to assist him with Godejohn’s case or to communicate with Godejohn. Perry is asked about pre-trial publicity including the HBO and ABC’s shows as well as Gypsy’s interview with Dr. Phil. He states that he doesn’t remember but says he doesn’t dispute that it happened. Perry recalls that some discovery in Godejohn’s case was aired on television shows featuring Gypsy Blanchard. Perry is asked about a KY3 report about Godejohn’s crime involving pornography at a McDonald’s restaurant in Wisconsin. He says he doesn’t remember that report but remembers the state may have entered it into evidence. Perry states that he did not file a motion for a change of venue. He states that he knew Dee Dee Blanchard was not viewed favorably by the community. It felt that it helped the defense and was not a reason to move venues. He states he didn’t think the community would see Gypsy as a victim but as the mastermind behind the crime. He states he thought the publicity would help Godejohn’s case. He was most concerned about how Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard were viewed by the Springfield community. Perry is asked about Gypsy’s testimony that she said that Godejohn was the master and she was the slave. He recalls hearing that but not specifically during the trial. He also remembers Gypsy saying that it was Godejohn’s idea to role-play and that she was indulging him, she states that Godejohn sent her a script of what to say and how to ask. The defense attorney refers to a video in which Gypsy says calls herself Demona and threatens Godejohn. Perry says he doesn’t remember specifically but remembers that most of the videos Gypsy recorded were pornographic.
1:28 pm - Court in session. Prosecutor Dan Patterson cross-examines Andrew Mead.
He asks him if he understands that HBO is not a local television station. He’s asking if Mead understands that the defendant understands the weight of the crimes they commit. He says yes.
He asks if he’s aware of any deals for appeal made to Godejohn and that they were denied. He states yes. Patterson states that the initial strategy was a bench trial before Judge Calvin Holden. Godejohn waived a jury trial. Holden recused. Godejohn withdrew his request for a bench trial. The trial was heard more than 3 years after the crime. Patterson asked if Mead there was any attention given to trial, such as crowds, protests, etc. Mead says he doesn’t remember that there was. Patterson asked if Mead understood that there was overwhelming evidence that that Godejohn planned and committed the crime he was convicted of. Mead says yes. Mead is asked about the electronic forensic report. He reads the report. It states that Godejohn had a lot of bookmarks on his computer browser of porn and rape. Mead reads the report about Godejohn’s personal folders, such as documents and downloads containing porn, rape, and bondage. There were images about BDSM. There were video games installed. Patterson indicates that Gypsy couldn’t have introduced the sexual activity to him if he had this content saved on his computer. Patterson asks a series of questions pertaining to the premeditation of the murder. Mead answers, ‘I don’t know.’ repeatedly. Patterson refers to Godejohn’s Greene County Jail interview with KOLR stating that he wanted to tell his own story. Mead isn’t sure if it was before or after a motion to suppress.
Young requestions Mead. She asked if duress was the defense. He says no. She asks Mead if diminished capacity was the defense. Mead confirms. She asks if he was aware that his client was autistic. He says yes. Young asks if Mead knew what type of media was aired about the case. He says no. Young asks if he asked potential jurors about media they saw before they were seated on the panel. He says no. Mead confirms that he believed Godejohn to be autistic and would think through the mind of an autistic person. Young says but you didn’t think to hire a neuropsychologist. Mead says no. Mead states that Godejohn talked to the media against his advice. Mead states he didn’t take his advice. He’s not sure Godejohn could understand the dangers of talking to the media prior to his case. Young asks if Mead tried to get an expert to explain the ramifications of Godejohn talking to the meeting. He said no.
Judge David Jones asked if Mead thought about asking for lesser charges such as involuntary murder. He said no.
The witness is excused.
11:54 am - Court in recess.
11:45 am - A clip from Gypsy’s phone is played of her walking around Dee Dee’s bed and making a stabbing motion.
Mead is asked if it was presented as evidence during the trial. He said no. Still, pictures of the video were shown to Mead. He was asked if he entered them into evidence to show the jury. He said no. He is asked if he had a strategic reason not to. He said no. Pictures of Dee Dee sleeping. He is asked if he had a strategic reason not to. He said no.
11:42 am - Mead is given a copy of a report made about a forensic exam of Gypsy’s cellphone.
It states that there were 2 items of interest. First photos and videos of a walk-through of the murder including Gypsy making a stabbing motion. A second item shows pictures and videos of Dee Dee’s room, including another walk-through of the murder about a month before it happened. The report states that it appears to be documentation showing Godejohn what to do to execute the murder produced by Gypsy prior to the murder. Mead is asked if it was presented as evidence during the trial. He said no.
11:36 am - A 2nd clip is shown from the 20/20 program Gypsy Truth and Lies.
It shows Godejohn checking into the hotel. Gypsy is interviewed saying she took medication to calm her down before the murder. Godejohn is seen describing the murder to an investigator. Gypsy’s interview states that she wanted to stop murder but was too scared. Video then shows that they checked into a hotel. Mead says that he would be concerned if a potential jury were to see it. It would sway their opinion. Mead is questioned about why he didn’t question potential jurors about what media coverage they saw prior to being seated on the panel. He said that he didn’t have a reason why he didn’t ask them.
11:34 am - A clip is shown from the 20/20 program Gypsy Truth and Lies.
It shows Gypsy talking about Godejohn being controlling and that she forgives him but no longer loves him. Mead states that he would be concerned because it was untruthful.
11:31 am - An 5th clip is shown from the program Gypsy’s Revenge.
Gypsy is seen talking about Godejohn telling her that he would do anything to protect her. She asks if he would murder her mother. He said yes. Video switches to Godejohn’s Greene County Jail interview. He states that Gypsy made it clear that she couldn’t be with Godejohn if Dee Dee was alive. She states that getting rid of her was the only option. Mead states he would be concerned if a potential jury saw the footage because it doesn’t allow them to make their own impartial decision about the case.
11:29 am - A 4th clip is shown from the program Gypsy’s Revenge.
It’s Gypsy’s account of the murder. She says how she wanted to stop it but wasn’t able to. Mead is asked about his concerns. He states that the clip mitigates Gypsy’s role in the murder.
11:26 am - A 3rd clip is shown from the program Gypsy’s Revenge.
It shows footage of Dee Dee Blanchard’s childhood pictures and interviews of her family talking about her. Rod Blanchard is interviewed about Dee Dee. He says he never met anyone like her. He says she stood out. Video shows footage of Dee Dee. Young asks about Mead’s concern for potential jurors seeing the footage. He says yes because it humanizes Dee Dee for the jury.
11:20 am - A 2nd clip is shown from the program Gypsy’s Revenge.
It shows the SWAT raid on Godejohn’s Wisconsin home. Godejohn’s interrogation video is shown. Investigator asks him if he loves Gypsy. He says yes. Investigator says that if he loves Gypsy he won’t let her get in trouble. Gypsy is shown. Officer tells her that her mother is dead. She cries. Video show Godejohn’s confession that he committed the murder for Gypsy. The knife and package that was sent from Springfield to Wisconsin were also shown. Mead is asked if he was concerned that this aired before Godejohn’s trial. He says yes.
11:18 am - A clip shown from the program Gypsy’s Revenge.
It shows Godejohn in prison clothes and a KY3 Clip of Godejohn’s prior arrest at a McDonald’s restaurant. Mead is asked if it was concerning if potential jurors saw it. He says yes. It portrays him in a negative light.
11:15 am - A 3rd clip of Mommy Dead and Dearest is played.
It shows Prosecutor Dan Patterson’s interview. Young asks Mead was concerned about potential jurors seeing it. He says he’s not sure.
11:10 am - A 2nd clip of Mommy Dead and Dearest is played.
It shows Dee Dee Blanchard’s body. It then shows Godejohn’s police interview. He asked about his desire to rape Dee Dee Blanchard. He said it occurred to him but he didn’t. The clip shows Gypsy stating that she would rather have Godejohn rape her than her mother. The investigator asks if they had sex after the murder. He says yes. Godejohn is asked by the investigator what sex means to him. He states he believes it is a consensual act. He states that he did bite her during sex. The clip then shows Gypsy stating that she asked him to stop and didn’t. A photo of her neck was shown in the HBO show but not entered into evidence. Young also asks Mead about the comment made in the clip that states that the murder was premeditated and if it was concerning. He states that it could affect a jury.
11:05 am - Clip of Mommy Dead and Dearest played in court.
It shows Gypsy talking about her relationship with Godejohn. She states the relationship got weird and that Godejohn started talking about BDSM. She says she didn’t know about it. She looked it up. She ultimately agreed to Godejohn’s request to role play. She talks about Godejohn’s ex-girlfriend sending her a message about Godejohn being a bad guy. She states that she didn’t believe it. But then Gypsy says she did. Mead asked about the clip and if it positively portrays Godejohn. He says no. Mead agrees that the footage would not have been allowed in court.
10:15 am - Court in session. Defense calls attorney and current Webster County assistant prosecuting attorney Andrew Mead.
Mead was one of 2 of Godejohn’s public defenders during the murder trial. He states he didn’t have a role in hiring or screening experts for criminal proceedings but worked with them, particularly Dr. Franks. Duane Perry, the lead attorney, questioned him. Mead says that Dr. Franks was hired to determine if Godejohn was competent to stand trial. Dr. Franks diagnosed Godejohn as being on the autism spectrum. Mead states the theory of defense for Godejohn’s case was murder in the second degree based on diminished capacity. Mead says the defense didn’t hire a neuropsychologist to evaluate Godejohn. He says it didn’t occur to them until after trial. The team was satisfied with Dr. Frank’s assessment. Young asked if it would have been helpful to have an expert weigh in on Godejohn’s condition in reference to autism and Godejohn’s relationship with Gypsy. It could have further explained his autistic condition to a jury. The defense team also did not call family as witnesses to Godejohn’s condition. They relied on Dr. Franks’ evaluation. Mead says they didn’t have a reason not to talk to family about Godejohn’s mental condition. Mead is asked about deals offered to Godejohn by the state. He does not recall seeing that information. Young asks Mead about a motion he filed in the criminal case regarding Godejohn’s 15-hour detention and interrogation, asking the court to suppress it as evidence. Mead recalls the video showing Godejohn sitting alone most of the time and talking to himself. Young asks Mead about his argument that Godejohn was handcuffed most of the time and his emotional and mental state was suffering. Also states that Godejohn’s Miranda Rights were not made clear to him, and says the detective wasn’t given information on Godejohn’s mental condition or how it affected his ability to understand his rights. Young asks Mead about Dr. Frank’s experience with autistic patients. Mead says that Dr. Franks had some experience but was not qualified to treat someone with Godejohn’s mental condition. His motion to suppress Godejohn’s statements during the interview was denied they were entered into evidence. Young asks if there was a reason why Mead didn’t hire an autism specialist. Mead said no. Young asked about the defense trying to move the case to another county. Young asked him about the media attention the case got. Mead says the story made national news and changing the venue to get an unbiased jury may not have been possible. Young asked about Gypsy’s proceedings being streamed online. Mead says he was not aware of that. Young asks about the HBO movie, Mommy Dead and Dearest airing before Godejohn’s trial and if Mead saw it. He says he wasn’t sure when he saw it. Young refers to Mead’s statement during pre-trial about seating an impartial jury due to the media publicity and that most of the evidence was presented in the HBO show. Mead states that he was aware that evidence in Gypsy’s case, which is the same as in Godejohn’s case, was leaked to the media at her request. Mead recalls a lot of media coverage and the effect it would have in seating a jury. Mead reviews a letter from the state that indicates a request for an interview by Godejohn for the ABC 20/20 special about Gypsy. Young asked about Gypsy’s Dr. Phil 2-day interview that aired on television prior to Godejohn’s trial. Mead states that he and co-council Duane Perry watched the program. Gypsy talks about Godejohn. Young also asked about a local television interview with Godejohn. Young asked about Mead’s concerns about media coverage and prejudice in selecting a jury. Young asks about a motion to change venue though it was not filed and mitigated. Young asked about Mead’s knowledge of selecting a jury would be difficult due to heavy media coverage. He states that he was aware. Mead conducted potential jury questioning. He asked 80 people if they knew about the case, so many heard about it that the question was reversed and they were asked who didn’t hear about the case. Only 13 people said they didn’t not, and more than 80 percent of the potential jurors formed an opinion. Young asked why Mead didn’t ask to dismiss potential jurors or move the venue. He said he didn’t have a reason. Young asks about Mead’s opinion about the court’s statement to potential jurors that you will know more than what you already do by the time Godejohn’s trial is over. Mead says he thought it was helpful in that it would re-set potential jurors’ minds and that they would get the real story during Godejohn’s trial. Young asks if Mead has knowledge of judges avoiding the media to protect cases. He says yes. Young asks if Mead questioned 19 potential jurors if they saw any media coverage. He says he doesn’t remember. Young says the record states that he did not ask them. Young reads the record that states that most of the jurors who sat on the panel did see media coverage before the trial though the defense did not ask them. Young asked if Mead had a reason why he didn’t ask jurors if they formed an opinion. He said he did not.
9:45 am - Court in brief recess while waiting for a witness to arrive.
9:30 am - Court in session.
Defense enters a withdrawal of images found on Gypsy’s camera for the record. Defense attorney Jenny Young is asking the court to admit 104 videos into evidence. Prosecutor Dan Patterson does not object but does make note that the dates of the images cannot be confirmed. Young is also asking to admit local newspaper articles into evidence as well as articles and videos from local television stations, and a copy of the HBO movie Mommy Dead and Dearest.
Day 1 - Nicholas Godejohn appeal hearing
10:14 am - Defense calls first witness, Stacy Sullivan, councilor at Waukesha County Jail
She recalls interacting with Nicholas Godejohn at the jail at the time of his arrest in Wisconsin in 2015. She says that following his booking at the jail, he was put in a mental health unit for observation. The defense counsel asks her to review evaluation records taken at the time that Godejohn was first evaluated on June 16, 2015.
Sullivan reads the evaluation record for the court. It indicates that he was diagnosed as having autism and Aspergers. She screened him for his mental state upon entering jail to decide if he needs treatment from a psychiatrist or any other care. Sullivan confirms that he was diagnosed with autism at age 15 and heard voices. The record states that Godejohn was receiving federal benefits for illness. Sullivan continues to say that Godejohn had thoughts of suicide. He tells Sullivan that he is only worried about his girlfriend, Gypsy Blanchard, at the time of their arrest. Sullivan documented that he was nervous at the time of the evaluation because it was his first time in jail. She says he was relieved to hear about the jail process but was more worried about how Gypsy was being treated. He was tearful. Sullivan says Godejohn was vulnerable and says there was concern about him being around other inmates.
After the initial evaluation, Sullivan continued to evaluate Godejohn, three additional times until he was removed about a month later. Her notes indicate that patient is asked about adjustment. He replies that he mostly does crossword puzzles and sleeps to cope. He states that he continues to worry about Gypsy. It’s making him uneasy. She said that during the additional visits, Godejohn lacked emotion.
He says he’s coping better as time progresses. He prays, takes care of himself, and visits with family before being moved to Missouri. Sullivan is asked about her opinion about how Godejohn is coping she says overall, the mental health unit was best for him. He wasn’t concerned about his charges but more worried about Gypsy. Sullivan states she wasn’t contacted by any investigators or Godejohn’s attorney.
Prosecutor Dan Patterson questions Stacy Sullivan. He asks her about a note on her records indicating that Godejohn does not appear to have any mental health issues or needs at the time of initial evaluation. His speech was clear and oriented to person, place, and time. Behavior calm. Appearance clean. His thought process was within normal limits. A few days later he was evaluated again with the same findings. Same notes were made during the last visit with Sullivan.
“The only reason I did what I did was to be with my girlfriend.” is listed multiple times on his evaluation reports.
Defense asks more questions. She asks about notes indicating Godejohn’s mood. Sullivan states that he is depressed. Patterson asks if all inmates say they are depressed when they go to jail. Sullivan says yes. The witness is excused.
10:47 am Defense calls, Paul Curry. Godejohn’s uncle, Godejohn’s mother’s brother.
He states that Stephanie Curry passed away in June of 2021. Curry states that he lived with his sister and Godejohn when he was a baby. Defense asks if he knew if there were complications with Godejohn’s birth.
Prosecution objects. Sustained.
Defense asks if Godejohn looked normal as a child. Prosecution objects. States that Curry is not a doctor and that his appearance as a child is not relevant at the time the crime was committed. The defense attorney states that Curry’s opinion is relevant and that a doctor would have asked. Curry states that Godejohn was different from other kids. His thought process wasn’t as developed as normal children do. He is asked about Robert Godejohn (Nicholas’ father) and Stephanie Curry’s relationship. The prosecution argues that the line of questioning is not relevant. The judge allows testimony of Curry’s interactions with Godejohn over the years. He states that his nephew didn’t know how to relate to people and lacked communication skills.
Curry states that on one occasion, he was bullied but didn’t realize it because he lacked the ability to comprehend what has going on. He further states that he witnessed Godejohn often talking to himself. He wasn’t cared for or taught basic hygiene practices. Curry states that during high school, Godejohn lived with his father. Post high school Godejohn moved back with his mother and her husband Charles Goldhammer. That’s when the defense asked if that’s when Godejohn was assisted in filing for Social Security benefits. Curry states that as Godejohn got older and moved back with his mother, he was mostly on the internet, and often argued with his step-father over content he was viewing online, implying that it was explicit in nature.
The prosecutor objects. Testimony continues.
Curry states that he visited Godejohn while in jail in Wisconsin. He describes Godejohn’s behavior as confused, unsure of what was happening, and that he was worried. The defense asks if Curry was contacted by anybody prior to Godejohn’s murder trial. He says no. Curry states that if asked, he would have testified to the same information during the murder trial. He says yes. The prosecution doesn’t have any questions for Curry. The witness is dismissed.
11:20 am - Court in recess.
11:36 am - Defense calls Amber Morris, Godejohn’s first cousin. Her mother was Godejohn’s mother’s sister.
She says that she spent a lot of time with Godejohn between the ages of 8-13. Often spent time at the home Godejohn shared with his mother. Morris states that the children were often left alone while women went out. She testifies that Godejohn was not able to use the stove to cook meals but she was. She is 2 months older than Godejohn. Morris says that she feels that Godejohn’s mother ignored him, shunned him, and often left him at home alone. She states that he wasn’t taught proper hygiene, and he wasn’t cared for by his mother. He was often dirty and neglected by his mother. Morris states that Godejohn spent a lot of time alone and that his mother wanted him to stay in his room.
As they got older, she states that Godejohn didn’t develop proper social skills. They went to middle school together. She states that he was awkward around other children. Morris states that she didn’t believe that he got proper nutrition. She says that Godejohn was in a special education class during his time in middle school. He was with other kids who had disabilities. His homework was of elementary school level versus her homework that was age appropriate.
Morris was asked if she and Godejohn talked about his condition. She says he confided in her that he wanted to be accepted by other kids their age, and communicate better. She states that she was maturing and that he was regressing as they entered their teen years. Morris says that Godejohn wished that he was different, that he could be more of a normal teenager, social with friends. She states that she didn’t see Godejohn very much after he moved in with his father as they started high school.
Morris says she and Godejohn talked about his relationship with girls. She says Godejohn changed after moving in with his father. He spent more time online. Morris states that Godejohn was nervous around girls and awkward. She states that he did have a girlfriend at one time but never met her. That he was on the phone with her all the time, he was infatuated with her. Morris states that she was not contacted by anyone prior to Godejohn’s trial but that she would have testified to the same information if asked. The prosecution doesn’t have any questions.
11:55 am - Court in recess.
1:03 pm - Defense attorney calls Dr. Theordore Wasserman, pediatric neuropsychologist hired by current defense attorney
Wasserman explains his education and qualifications. He evaluated Godejohn in March of 2022 along with previous records of evaluations including police interviews. He testifies that Godejohn is on the autism spectrum and has difficulty functioning like people without the disorder. He’s asked about the videos Gypsy Blanchard sent him using her persona as Demona who ordered him to behave a certain way or face consequences. Godejohn’s ability to exist outside the role-playing video of Gypsy as Demona sent to Godejohn played for the court. In it, she calls him her slave and outlines the consequences if he does not obey him including not having contact with Gypsy. Wasserman says that the threats that ‘Demona’ made to Godejohn were dangerous. He says the video of instructions and text messages programmed Godejohn to kill Dee Dee Blanchard or lose Gypsy. Wasserman says that based on his autism he was susceptible. He states that Godejohn asked Gypsy to run away even on the day of the murder. She refused and said she wanted to him kill her mother.
2:20 pm - Court in recess.
2:35 pm - Defense plays a video of Gypsy Blanchard walking into her mother’s bedroom and making a stabbing motion towards to her Dee Dee Blanchard’s pillow.
They say the video was instructional and sent to Godejohn. Wasserman talks about another character, Ruby, introduced to Godejohn by Gypsy. Text messages received the day of the murder contained more instructions to be carried out by Godejohn. The police interrogation videos were discussed. Wasserman says Godejohn’s autistic behavior was evident. Godejohn continued to say that he was worried about Gypsy. He says that Godejohn’s reading ability is at a fourth-grade level. The written Miranda rights were at a sixth-grade reading level. He says that Godejohn would have had trouble understanding his rights. Wasserman says that Godejohn told him that he went to Springfield to talk Gypsy out of killing Dee Dee. He continues to say that Godejohn told him that he argued with himself as he walked down the hallway towards Dee Dee’s room over whether or not to stab her. Wasserman says that Godejohn’s way of thinking at the time of the murder was to please Gypsy and likely panicked. The defense attorney asked if Godejohn could have deliberated prior to the murder. Wasserman replied that Godejohn would have just been focused on the task at hand. Wasserman was asked if Dr. Denny made any mistakes in his characterization of Godejohn when describing his level of autism. He replied that Dr. Denny’s assumptions about Godejohn’s condition were inaccurate based on his experience. Wasserman says Godejohn isn’t able to function normally due to his autism.
2:54 pm - Prosecutor questions Dr. Wasserman
Wasserman is asked if Godejohn could think. He says yes. He was asked about Dr. Franks’ testimony from the murder trial against Godejohn. Franks testified that Godejohn said he gave his word to Gypsy that he would kill her mother. The prosecutor said that a year before the murder Godejohn told friends that Gypsy was crazy for wanting to kill her mother. He asked Wasserman if this was proof that Godejohn had the ability to rationalize as a person without autism. He said it’s possible. The prosecutor reviews the murder plan discussed by Gypsy and Godejohn and asks if Wasserman is indicative of a person who had the ability to make sound decisions. The prosecutor brings up Godejohn’s persona ‘Victor’ who was a dominant vampire.
3:03 pm - Defense re-examines Wasserman.
He is asked what Gypsy was saying in text messages to Godejohn. Wasserman states that she was giving Godejohn instructions. He says that Gypsy was always Gypsy despite the role-playing characters because she was never diagnosed with multiple personalities. He says it’s a mischaracterization to think that the conversation Godejohn had with himself prior to the murder. It caused too much pressure and he snapped.
3:08 pm - Prosecutor re-examines Wasserman.
Wasserman is asked if Godejohn was actually talking to himself indicating a rational thought process. Wasserman says he was having conflicting thoughts and that was what he meant by arguing with himself.
3:15 pm - Wasserman is dismissed. The court is in recess.
3:24 pm - The defense attorney calls Daniel Glidewell. He met Gypsy at a convention.
Glidewell kept in contact with Gypsy via video chat. He says that Gypsy told him her mother made her stay in a wheelchair and had unnecessary medical treatment. He says that their relationship developed from friendship to a sexual relationship. They would send explicit videos to each other. He discusses how they role-played occasionally. He referred to Gypsy as being shy and timid. He says he developed a taste of power exchange role-playing from her. He says she would send nude photos, dress up in costumes, and use various fictitious names. Glidewell says he was injured and that Gypsy visited him while he was in the hospital. She told him she wanted to go to Arkansas to restart her life.
3:45 pm - No questions from the prosecution. The witness is dismissed. The court is in recess until Wednesday.
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