Source: Arizona Republic
On September 29, 2003 the Arizona Republic reported that the lawyers of Frank Silva Roque say he was insane at the time of the shooting Sikh Balbir Singh Sodhi. "Roque suffered from mental illness his entire life and didn't start using racial slurs until after the terrorist attacks, said defense attorney Dan Patterson during closing arguments.'Clearly there was lunacy at work in a grand scale on Sept. 11,' Patterson said. 'There was also lunacy at work on Sept. 15 here in the city of Mesa on a small scale.' Prosecutors say the crime was motivated by hatred.