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Son of Slain Actress Susan Cabot-Roman May Use Insanity Defense at Trial

February 24, 1987 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The son of 1950s actress Susan Cabot-Roman, accused of beating her to death last December, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Timothy Scott Roman, 23, entered a dual plea Monday of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge of first-degree murder. Attorney Chester Leo Smith stated in court records that Roman may claim self-defense, diminished capacity or insanity when the case goes to trial.

Miss Cabot-Roman, who appeared in several films in the 1950s with such actors as Rock Hudson, Lee Marvin, Tony Curtis and Maureen O’Hara, was beaten to death Dec. 10, 1986, in the home she shared with her son.

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Smith filed medical records stating that Roman, who suffers from dwarfism, was treated for 15 years with an experimental growth hormone that later was found to cause neurological problems in some patients.

Roman took the hormone from 1970 through 1985, when sales were discontinued because certain batches were found to be infected with a virus of a rare ailment, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, that causes degeneration of the central nervous system, the records said.

Roman’s emotional development may have been stunted because of medical problems, including drawfism, the records said.

When he reported the slaying to police, Roman blamed it on a man dressed in the robes of a Japanese Ninja warrior. Police arrested him when they discovered inconsistencies in his story.