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Lawyer: Woman who drove into ocean had disorder

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Attorneys say a mental disorder kept a pregnant South Carolina woman from knowing the difference between right and wrong at the time she's accused of driving her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean with her children inside.

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Defense attorneys for 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson filed a motion of intent to use an insanity defense. Public Defender James Purdy told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1lUdfh5 ) Monday that experts will testify that the 32-year-old from Cross, South Carolina, had a mental disease or defect in March, when she drove into the surf off Daytona Beach.

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Purdy says the motion doesn't necessarily mean they'll use insanity as a defense, adding that not guilty remains the "number one" priority.

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According to the motion, attorneys expect to prove Wilkerson had schizophrenia and a psychotic disorder.

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