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Bank robbery defendant Andrew Gilbertson takes witness stand in trial, eats feces

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The trial for the man accused of robbing a bank in San Luis Obispo was abruptly sent into recess on Wednesday, when the defendant ate his own feces while on the witness stand.

Andrew Gilbertson is charged with robbing the Bank of America on Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo in October of 2013. He has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.

While on the stand Wednesday, Gilbertson said the Virgin Mary told him to disguise himself and rob the bank.

His testimony ended and the judge ordered a recess when Gilbertson reached into his pants. He said the Virgin Mary told him to eat his feces.

The trial resumed later in the afternoon with testimony from a mental health expert who said he observed Gilbertson hitting himself to get rid of the voices in his head. He said Gilbertson is not currently on any anti-psychotic medication.

The trial will continue Thursday morning with a chance for the prosecution to cross examine the mental health expert.

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