2010-07-22 / Local & State

PA Man To Use Insanity Defense In Wife’s Murder

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – The attorney for an eastern Pennsylvania man charged with killing his wife two years ago says he intends to use an insanity defense.

Authorities say 70-yearold Ramon Gomez of Bethlehem Township slashed and strangled 43-year-old Rosa Gomez in 2008 in their home and then tried to kill himself. Police said Rosa Gomez was seeking a divorce from her husband.

A state psychologist earlier this year deemed Gomez competent to stand trial after a lengthy stay in a mental hospital.

Northampton County Judge Edward Smith on Friday granted the prosecution’s request for its own evaluation of Gomez’s state of mind in preparation for a possible trial in October.

Defense attorney Glenn Goodge says his client “suffers from serious mental illness, uncontrolled intrusive thoughts, inability to concentrate, incoherence and dissociative thought patterns.’’

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