Psychiatrist takes the stand at the Norberg Trial, defense restsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The defense has rested its case after a day of damaging testimony against Dr. Alonna Norberg, denouncing many of her claims with a key witness.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The defense has rested its case after a day of damaging testimony against Dr. Alonna Norberg, denouncing many of her claims with a key witness.
Alonna's husband, Dr. Jon Norberg, is accused of drugging her, then raping her. He will NOT testify.
Although Dr. Jon Norberg will not be testifying, a psychiatrist who examined Dr. Alonna Norberg for this trial took the stand, attacking her credibility.
She claims Alonna has a long list of mental disorders and says most of her physical illnesses have been made up, also questioning the validity of Alonna's sexual assault claims.
Dr. Harjinder Virdee/Fargo Psychiatrist: "In my 35 years of practice as a doctor, this way of spontaneously, meticulously detailed graphic details that she gave is inconsistent with a sexually abused person I have seen.
After going through Alonna's extensive medical history, Virdee diagnosed Alonna with somatization disorder, where a person has physical symptoms but no cause can be found.
She also says Alonna has factitious disorder, where someone fabricates diseases and intentionally produces symptoms.
Those are just two of the more than 15 mental illnesses Alonna had previously been diagnosed with.
Virdee: "She's got everything, if you go through her medical notes there are umpteenth diagnosis in the records. It jumps from one thing to another, one visit to the next. She is ill, she is psychiatrically ill."
For several of Alonna's problems, Virdee says Dr. Jon Norberg would often use injectable medications on her, all with doctor permission, trying to cure them.
Virdee: "I think their relationship changed. It wasn't just a husband and wife, these were also two professional people who were helping themselves with what could help her."
But for Alonna, she says it was more about gaining access to multiple physicians, her previous drug dependency, and gaining attention.
Virdee: "The sicker she was, you know it looked better to her because that fit it with factitious disorder."
During redirect, the state questioned Virdee's diagnosis.
Reid Brady: "You were the first doctor, possibly the only doctor to claim factitious disorder?"
Virdee: "I'm the only doctor that has reviewed all the records as well."
Prosecutors highlighted the fact that many of Alonna's medications often cause memory loss, potentially the reason Alonna claims she did not know the difference between propofol and diprovan.
Virdee: It's hard to, wonder how she became a physician if she can't tell the difference between all these drugs."
The state followed with their rebuttal witnesses and closing arguments could come as soon as tomorrow. If convicted, Dr. Jon Norberg faces up to life in prison