Insanity Defense Option for Soldier in Strangling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- A lawyer for a 31-year-old soldier accused of strangling one man and stabbing another during a trip to see his estranged wife in southeastern Michigan says he may pursue an insanity defense.

Thirty-one-year-old Pfc. Brian Gogue of Linthicum Heights, Md., awaits trial on open murder and attempted murder charges. He appeared Wednesday in Lenawee County Circuit Court in Adrian and has another hearing Jan 29, 2014.

Prosecutors say Gogue killed 20-year-old Joel Krutsch of Adrian and stabbed Scott Fernandez in the shoulder Oct. 5 at a mobile home park in Raisin Township.

Police say Gogue was on leave from his posting in South Korea.

The Daily Telegram reports that no psychological exam has been ordered yet but public defender John Glaser says an insanity defense is possible.

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