A controversial report from an expert witness and other issues apparently have contributed to a delay of seven months in the sex slavery and torture case of Ed Bagley Sr.
"Master Ed" Bagley and his wife, Marilyn Bagley, are the last defendants standing in a federal conspiracy and sex trafficking case being played out in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Their trial was scheduled to begin on Feb. 13, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen has ordered the trial to be rescheduled to Sept. 17.
A 113-page report by Dr. Park Dietz, a well-known criminal forensic psychiatrist who is working on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office, is at the center of a flurry of recent filings in the case.
In his conclusions, Dietz wrote that the evidence is overwhelming that Bagley is a sexual sadist and that he "may also be fairly characterized as a psychopath."
The defense claims that Dietz issued his report "without the benefit of an interview with the defendant or the results of any standardized psychological tests or personality assessments."
Dietz has worked for prosecutors on some of the most notorious cases during the past 30 years, according to Internet sources. Some of his cases include those of Jeffrey Dahmer, the Unabomber, John Hinckley Jr. and the DC snipers. Currently he is the president of Park Dietz & Associates, a consulting firm.
The Bagleys' defense team has asked for and will receive funds from the court to hire an expert witness to review Dietz's report and to perform a psychiatric evaluation of Ed Bagley.
In its motion to continue the trial, the defense also pointed to recent guilty pleas by co-defendants as reasons it needs more time.
Four men already have pleaded guilty for their roles in the alleged sexual torture and trafficking of a young woman from 2002, when she was 16, to 2010.
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