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David Tarloff

David Tarloff (File Photo: Andy Kropka/AP)

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) — A mental patient charged with murdering a New York City psychotherapist with a meat cleaver is headed for a fall trial after making up with his lawyer.

David Tarloff told a Manhattan judge last month he didn’t trust his court-appointed attorney and wanted a new one. But Tarloff said Wednesday he’s now “more than happy” with lawyer Bryan Konoski. The judge set an Oct. 12 date for jury selection.

Tarloff is planning an insanity defense in the case surrounding the February 2008 killing of Kathryn Faughey.

The 42-year-old, schizophrenic Tarloff has a long history of psychiatric hospitalizations and has said he believes he’s a son of God.

Tarloff was ruled mentally unfit for trial for about a year. He was found competent last fall.

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