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Bardo Mouths Lyrics as Rock Song Is Played

Metro Digest / Local News in Brief

October 09, 1991

Robert Bardo, hearing a tape in his trial Tuesday of a rock song that he has said inspired him to shoot actress Rebecca Schaeffer, rocked in his chair, drummed his hands on his leg and, smiling, mouthed the lyrics "pistol weighing heavy."

His reaction to the song "Exit," from the rock group U-2's "Joshua Tree" album, was perhaps the most visible display of emotion the defendant has shown in the course of three weeks of testimony and evidence.

Bardo, 21, an obsessed Schaeffer fan, is charged with killing her in the doorway of her Fairfax district apartment July 18, 1989, after stalking her for two years. Dr. Park Dietz, a psychiatrist who examined Bardo after his arrest, testified that Bardo said he interpreted parts of the lyrics as references to himself and Schaeffer.

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