Trial set to begin in father killing case

Jan Gawlik
Jan Gawlik, accused of killing his father, appears in court, Oct. 17, 2011.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A New Britain man who police say called himself Satan after stabbing his 90-year-old father to death is going on trial on murder and other charges.

A jury is set to begin hearing evidence Monday in the case of 49-year-old Jan Gawlik in New Britain Superior Court.

Gawlik is charged with murder and assault on allegations he killed his father, Joseph Gawlik, and struck his mother at the home they shared in October 2011. Joseph Gawlik was the father-in-law of city Police Chief James Wardwell.

Gawlik also is charged with possession of child pornography and drugs. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and rejected a plea bargain that included a 45-year prison sentence. He remains detained on $1.5 million bail.

Gawlik’s public defender didn’t return a message seeking comment.

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