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Mental Health Experts Testify on the State of Adrian Loya's Mind as He Obsessed Over Revenge

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Dr. Martin Kelly on the stand at the trial of Adrian Loya.

Adrian Loya was a depressed loner, determined to confront what he called "a monstrous injustice" by killing the subordinate officer he believed derailed his military career. 


His "mission" on February 5, 2015, as he later told a psychologist at Bridgewater State Hospital, was to murder his "rapist," then be killed by police.


He didn't get the ending he wanted. 


Part of Loya's plan was to stab Lisa Trubnikova in the heart, but in the moment he fired his pistol 11 times. Four additional shots hit Lisa's wife, Anna. Outside the Monument Beach condo, he shot at a responding Bourne police officer, who didn't fire back, and surrendered. 


For someone so consumed with the meticulous specifics of planning, the unexpected outcome led Loya deeper into depression. 


While he suffers from a mental disorder, as two witnesses for the Commonwealth testified Wednesday in Barnstable Superior Court, Loya was sane and therefore criminally responsible for killing Trubnikova.


The testimonies from Martin Kelly, a psychiatrist, and David Holtzen, a forensic psychologist, marked some of the most significant revelations during the trial's second week. 


Their independent evaluations yielded different diagnoses, however. Kelly, who has testified on behalf of prosecutors in hundreds of trials, diagnosed Loya with high-functioning Asperger's, a disorder on the autism spectrum often characterized by a lack of empathy. Holtzen, who works at Bridgewater State Hospital, concluded that Loya suffered from major depressive disorder.


Anna Trubnikova took the stand on Tuesday, testifying to events on the night of the shooting that killed her wife.

This week jurors also heard from Anna Trubnikova, who survived several gunshot wounds yet spent an hour talking with emergency dispatchers after Lisa, in her final moments, dialed 911. Outside, first responders were initially restricted from rescuing Anna after Loya set his Mazda ablaze, triggered a smoke bomb, and shot at Bourne police officer Jared MacDonald.


Anna recalled pleading with Loya, who stormed into the bedroom wearing a mask. She and Lisa shared a last kiss before Loya opened fire. 


Loya's anger toward Lisa Trubnikova stems from when they served together in Kodiak, Alaska. The two had been friends, though Loya wasn't happy about her marriage engagement to Anna. He claimed that in September, 2012, Lisa made an unwelcome sexual advance toward him while her fiancée was away, an event Loya later described to a psychologist as "mental rape." 


For almost a year, Loya obsessed over that encounter. Eventually, he complained to the Coast Guard, a decision that backfired. WCAI this week exclusively obtained a disciplinary document, known as a Page 7, that accused Loya of harassing Trubnikova. 


"You exploited your position as a senior member of the division to increase contact with [Trubnikova] and communicate unsolicited amorous feelings," Loya's commanding officer, Capt. Jerald Woloszynski, wrote in the report, dated June 21, 2013. "Your behavior affected your entire division, causing individual angst and decreased productivity."


That finding, shared with Loya upon his transfer to Chesapeake, Virginia, intensified his anger toward Trubnikova. "I've hated her since that day," he later told detectives.


Throughout his eight years serving in the Coast Guard, Loya was sensitive to anything that might have threatened his career. It was a branch of the military that emphasized rescuing over killing, he thought. Also, he craved order, and following instruction. But with his reputation stained and his job in jeopardy, Loya began to envision an elaborate attack of vengeance. 


Learning that the Trubnikovas were stationed in Massachusetts, he  drove there in October, 2014, and installed a camera in a tree facing their Bourne home, to verify they lived there. On the way back home, he taped himself suffering a panic attack, during which he hyperventilated and repeatedly said he was documenting the episode "in case anything ever happens."


He would return to Cape Cod four months later, on Super Bowl Sunday. The game would be a distraction for most people, he thought. Knowing he would never return home, Loya tied up loose ends. He called his parents one last time. He gave away most of his belongings, and greased his apartment with oil, taunting the officers he knew would encounter the slick floor. He left behind life-sized cardboard cutouts of Princess Leia and Han Solo to greet them. 


As he drove those 600 miles north for the second time, Loya was determined to bring everything full circle—and die on his 31st birthday.