Man charged with killing wife to pursue insanity defense


A lawyer for a 75-year-old Connecticut man charged with killing his ex-wife says he plans to pursue an insanity defense.

Authorities say James Taylor broke into his stepson’s Fairfield home on Feb. 3, fatally shot his 70-year-old wife, Catherine, and then tried to kill his 45-year-old stepson. He faces several charges including murder, home invasion and first-degree burglary.

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Taylor is free on $2 million bond posted by his son.

The Connecticut Post reports that at a hearing Wednesday, public defender Jared Millbrandt said he has filed notice that he intends to argue that Taylor suffered from a “mental disease or defect” and “extreme emotional disturbance” at the time of the shooting.

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Taylor is being electronically monitored and is only allowed to leave his son’s home for legal and medical appointments.


Information from: Connecticut Post,

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