NEW LONDON — A Norwich man charged with fatally stabbing his pregnant wife because he thought she was a voodoo priestess who planned to kill him will pursue an insanity defense.
The Day reports that a lawyer for Patrick Antoine notified the state Monday that he would “introduce expert testimony on the existence and nature of mental disease and defect” at trial.
The 43-year-old Norwich man is charged with murder, first-degree arson and assault of a pregnant woman resulting in the termination of the pregnancy in the June 2016 death of Margarette Mady.
Police say Antoine told them his wife planned to kill him as a sacrifice before the child’s birth.
He remains jailed on $2 million bond.
If the court finds Antoine insane, he would be committed to state psychiatric facility.