All-Woman Jury Convicts Woman Who Used PMS Defense
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) _ Despite a woman’s contention that premenstrual syndrome drove her to attack three people with a car, a six-woman circuit court jury convicted her of aggravated assault and criminal mischief.
The jury Wednesday acquitted Margaret Mileau Pitt, 24, of two additional aggravated assault charges.
Judge S. Joseph Davis Jr. set sentencing for July 11. Miss Pitt faces up to five years in prison on each charge.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Koren, a gynecologist who testified for the defense, PMS causes mood swings which can lead to acts of violence. Severe PMS sufferers may take on a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde personality, having no control over their behavior, Koren said.
Miss Pitt’s charges resulted from a Sept. 28, 1984, incident after she told her boyfriend she was moving out of the home they shared in Longwood, testified the boyfriend, James Apuzzo, 24.
That night, Apuzzo said, he and two friends, Michael Frey and Lisa Deter, were riding in a car about 9:30 p.m. on their way to a nightspot.
Before the reached their destination, Miss Pitt drove up and asked to join them, Apuzzo said, but he told her she could not.
In response, Miss Pitt drove close behind Apuzzo’s car, rammed it from the rear and then drove into the passenger and driver’s doors.
Defense lawyer Leon Cheek said Miss Pitt meant only to make Apuzzo stop, ″and when he didn’t, in an emotional rage caused by PMS, she hit the car.″
The Florida Highway Patrol also has charged Miss Pitt with aggravated assault and reckless driving in Volusia County. Patrol records say she is charged with chasing two men and then smashing into their car after an argument in a lounge in April.