Murder suspect says he was on drugs during killing

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

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A New Britain man has testified he consumed crack, powder cocaine and Percocet pills before killing and dismembering his 90-year-old father.

Jan Gawlik faces charges of murder and assault on the elderly in the death of his father Joseph and an attack on his 74-year-old mother in October 2011.

The Herald of New Britain reports that Alec Buchanan, a former associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine, said in New Britain Superior Court it wasn’t drugs but a “psychotic illness” that drove Gawlik. He interviewed Gawlik and others.

Buchanan testified Monday that Gawlik told him he used an ornamental sword and a kitchen knife to stab his father while hearing voices to “dismember” him.

Gawlik’s public defender Michael Isko says he’ll seek an “extreme emotional disturbance” defense.


Information from: New Britain Herald,

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