Attorney mulling insanity defense

Former Oakland Raider center Barret Robbins "was just lost" earlier this month when he was shot during a struggle with police in Florida, his estranged wife Marisa told ESPN's Andrea Kremer.

Barret Robbins, who suffers from bipolar disorder and has battled alcoholism, was critically injured during a struggle with a detective investigating a burglary call in Miami Beach.

"In Miami … I don't even think he knew where he was. I don't think he even knew he was in Miami," Marisa Robbins told Kremer. "And he probably believed that someone was even intruding on him.

"From what I was told it was in-plain-clothes policemen, so he probably thought someone was encroaching on his home."

The former Pro Bowl player has been charged with three counts of attempted felony murder stemming from the altercation with police. Robbins was shot several times during a violent struggle with police. The 31-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 9.

Ed O'Donnell, Robbins' attorney, told ESPN late Sunday night that in all likelihood, he will file a written plea of not guilty on Robbins' behalf and waive his and Robbins' scheduled appearance at the arraignment. O'Donnell added that the use of an insanity defense in the Robbins case "is very viable under the law of the state of Florida."

O'Donnell said that in his view, there is a clear case of existing mental illness with Robbins which factored into the former Raiders' actions just before he was shot by police.

Robbins remains at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami Beach in "critical but stable condition" in intensive care. Robbins is on a respirator unable to breathe normally on his own and unable to speak. In addition, Robbins is suffering from pneumonia which doctors have said is among their biggest concerns.

Marisa Robbins told Kremer that Barrett Robbins is "strapped down to the bed."

"[He has a] strap across his chest. Both of his legs are in runners to keep him immobile, so he doesn't do any more damage to his spine," Marisa Robbins, fighting back tears, told Kremer. "Tubes, ventilator … Standing there looking at him, it doesn't look like he's gonna live."

The day after Barret Robbins' altercation with police, Marisa Robbins told ESPN: "Barret was shot in the chest. There was a hole in his heart that was surgically repaired. A bullet ripped through and punctured his lung."

According to the incident report, Robbins growled, snarled and "was heard laughing throughout the attack." He beat Officer Colin Pfrogner to the floor, picked up Detective Mark Schoenfeld and slammed him into one wall and then another, then grabbed Detective Mike Muley by the face and rammed his head into a corner.

Robbins then grabbed Muley's forearms, and Muley shot Robbins twice in the torso, the report said. The former player dropped to his knees, grabbed his chest, snarled and growled again, swore at the officers and slapped Muley's gun out of his hand.

A charge of attempted felony murder can be filed when someone is injured during a felony. It carries a possible 30-year prison sentence. The three counts Robbins faces cover three officers involved in his arrest, said Ed Griffith, spokesman for the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office.

In her comments to ESPN, Marisa Robbins said she was not surprised by her estranged husband's actions in Miami "based on experiencing manic episodes with him" in the past.

"Just with the pattern I've seen with him and the behavior that I've seen him display in the past maybe 6 months … I've been dreading getting a phone call where something drastic like that's happened," Marisa Robbins told Kremer.

Robbins is best remembered for missing team meetings the night before the 2003 Super Bowl in San Diego. He spent Super Bowl Sunday in a hospital and later acknowledged that he had stopped taking his medicine for depression and bipolar disorder.

He also was arrested last month in San Francisco for hitting a security guard at a nightclub. He was cut by the Raiders last July, at his request, after he failed a physical exam and two weeks after he and two others tested positive for steroids.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.