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Doctor notes: Crespi switched to Prozac before daughters killed

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Associated Press
March 11, 2006

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A bank executive charged with the murder of his twin 5-year-old daughters switched antidepressant medications two weeks before the killings, according to a doctor's notes that were made public Friday.

The notes, written by a doctor caring for Crespi at the Mecklenburg County jail three days after the January killings, were shown to a judge who later decided to have Crespi moved to the state's prison hospital in Raleigh under a suicide watch.

Crespi faces first-degree murder charges in the Jan. 20 stabbing deaths of daughters Samantha and Tessarra at the family's home in the south Charlotte suburbs. Prosecutors have not yet said whether they intend to seek the death penalty.

David Crespi's father and wife have said he suffered from depression.

The doctor notes were made part of Crespi's case file Friday by Judge Karl Adkins, at the request of The Charlotte Observer.

According to the notes, Crespi had been taking the medication Paxil, but it was causing him to gain weight, so he switched to Prozac.

The notes say Crespi had a long history of depression and had contemplated suicide three times since 1995. The notes describe Crespi as in "constant suicidal thought" on the day of the examination.

Prosecutors opposed the release of the notes, but Crespi's defense lawyer did not.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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