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Jurors Break For Weekend In Deliberating On Meat Cleaver Killer Case

David Tarloff (credit: CBS 2)

David Tarloff (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jurors were on a break for the weekend Saturday, after failing so far to reach a verdict in the trial of a man who allegedly killed a Manhattan psychotherapist by slashing her to death.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, deliberations will go into a ninth day on Monday after a threatened jury deadlock in the case of David Tarloff, who has been on trial for the murder of Dr. Kathryn Faughey.

The debate is over David Tarloff’s mental state, when he burst into Dr. Faughey’s Upper East Side medical office intending to rob her colleague, psychiatrist Kent Shinbach.

But first he killed Dr. Faughey with the knives, meat cleaver and mallet he’d packed in a suitca

The fact that the jurors are still working toward a verdict in the case comes as great relief to Faughey’s family. The first attempt to try Tarloff, who suffers from schizophrenia, ended in 2010 when his bizarre courtroom behavior landed him back in a psychiatric ward.

A hung jury and mistrial now would mean another trial.

Faughey’s two brothers, three sisters, and their respective husbands and wives have attended every court session. Their greatest desire is to see the case resolved.

Tarloff’s attorney has argued that his demented plan is proof of insanity. He has been hospitalized 20 times. Prosecutors say that while Tarloff is mentally ill, he should still be found guilty of murder.

A verdict of not responsible by reason of insanity would land Tarloff in a psychiatric lockup, possibly for life. A murder conviction could mean the same, but in a state prison.

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