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Norwich man pursues insanity defense after being charged with killing wife he believed was a voodoo priestess

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.

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