The man accused of assassinating Rabbi Meir Kahane may have been taking an anti-depressant drug that critics say induces violent behavior, according to a published report.
The New York Times in Friday's editions quoted an unnamed law enforcement source as saying that the accused, El Sayyid Nosair, was taking Prozac. Officer Hugh Barry, a police spokesman, said he could not confirm the report.Several lawsuits are pending against the drug's manufacturer, Eli Lilly & Co., which has denied allegations that the drug can induce suicidal or homicidal behavior. The Food and Drug Administration also has found no link.
Nosair, 34, who has denied fatally shooting the radical rabbi in a Manhattan hotel on Monday night, entered no plea at his arraignment in Bellevue Hospital's intensive care unit.
Nosair was shot in the throat by a U.S. Postal Service police officer after the incident.
In Waterbury, Conn., FBI agents, New York City detectives and local police searched the home of a man they described as a friend of Nosair. No arrests were made Thursday night. Neither the man's identity nor the address was disclosed.