NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer says a mental patient who killed a New York psychologist with a meat cleaver had at best a surface understanding that what he was doing was wrong.
Closing arguments began Tuesday in David Tarloff's murder trial. He's pursuing an insanity defense in the 2008 death of Kathryn Faughey (FAW'-hee).
Tarloff acknowledges killing her. Defense lawyers are trying to convince the jury that the schizophrenic Tarloff was so delusional he couldn't understand his actions.
Tarloff told authorities he attacked Faughey when she intervened as he tried to carry out a strange robbery plot targeting her officemate.
Attorney Bryan Konoski says Tarloff believed that he was God's son and that God had approved his plan.
Prosecutors say Tarloff knew what he was doing and should be held criminally responsible.