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Attorney argues psychologist should not examine accused school shooter

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    In this file photo, Bowe Cleveland, who suffered major injuries from a shotgun blast when authorities say fellow Taft Union High student Bryan Oliver entered a classroom and shot him, sits in attorney Daniel Rodriguez's office where he released a written statement almost one year after the January 2013 shooting.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    In this file photo, Taft Union High School shooting suspect Bryan Oliver arrives in Kern County Superior Court for his arraignment on attempted murder charges.

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

A Kern County judge will allow a psychologist who has consulted on a Fox reality show to examine accused Taft Union High School shooter Bryan Oliver despite the objections of Oliver’s attorney.

Judge Michael G. Bush made the decision Friday after Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman called into question the qualifications of Dr. Kris Mohandie.

Cadman said Mohandie is more of a television personality than a doctor.

“(Mohandie) spends a good deal of time on ‘Paradise Hotel 2,’ a Fox sex reality show,” Cadman said.

The Internet Movie Database says the show is about 11 “sexy singles” who arrive at a resort and pick roommates as they search for love while trying to avoid getting eliminated. Frequent bed-swapping ensues, as well as “steamy” body-painting, fights and the consumption of plenty of alcohol.

Somehow, Cadman said, Mohandie has gone from being a reality show consultant to a school bullying expert. He added that one of the “Paradise Hotel 2” contestants committed suicide.

Prosecutor Marcus Cuper said that Mohandie is “very well-qualified.” He said Mohandie never treated the contestant that killed himself.

Mohandie is mentioned on numerous websites as being a prominent police and forensic psychologist who’s been involved in many high-profile cases.

Mohandie consulted for the prosecution on the O.J. Simpson murder and Steven Spielberg stalker trials. The Society for Police and Criminal Psychology website says he worked both in the field and on case investigations for the LAPD’s Threat Management Unit, SWAT/Crisis Negotiation Team and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program.

The website says Mohandie “regularly consults on workplace violence, extreme violence, college and university and K-12 school violence, stalking, and threat cases in the private and public sector ... .” In 2000, he published a book called “School Violence Threat Management.”

Bush said Mohandie will be conducting the same tests on Oliver that a defense psychologist has already performed to determine Oliver’s psychological makeup at the time of the shooting.

Authorities have said Oliver, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, entered a classroom Jan. 10, 2013, and opened fire with a shotgun, seriously injuring student Bowe Cleveland. They've said he fired at but missed another student, Jacob Nichols, and shotgun pellets grazed teacher Ryan Heber.

Heber and campus supervisor Kim Fields convinced Oliver to put the gun down.

Cadman has argued that Oliver was constantly bullied at school and finally “snapped” as a result.

Oliver has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a gun on a person. He’s being held without bail.

A trial is scheduled to begin May 12.

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