Man Charged With Killing Wife Evaluated For Insanity Defense

June 19, 2019 - 9:06 am

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing his ex-wife is being evaluated to determine whether his attorney can use an insanity defense.

Authorities say 75-year-old James Taylor broke into his stepson's Fairfield home on Feb. 3, fatally shot his 70-year-old ex-wife, Catherine, and then tried to kill his 45-year-old stepson. He faces several charges including murder, home invasion and first-degree burglary.

Taylor's public defender Jared Millbrandt told the Connecticut Post Monday after a brief court hearing that the evaluation process is under way and they are awaiting the results.

Millbrandt had said that Taylor suffered from a "mental disease or defect" and "extreme emotional disturbance" at the time of the shooting.

Taylor is free on $2 million bond posted by his son. He is under court order to live at his son's home.