Jury deadlocks in NYC therapist killing trial

Jury deadlocks in NYC therapist killing trial

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David Tarloff outside the 19th Precinct, Feb. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Andy Kropa) David Tarloff outside the 19th Precinct, Feb. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Andy Kropa)

A jury has deadlocked in the murder trial of a mental patient who slashed a New York City psychotherapist to death with a meat cleaver.

Judge McLaughlin declared a mistrial Tuesday after jurors said they couldn't reach a verdict in David Tarloff's case.

The District Attorney's office vows to retry the case. The next court date is May 21, 2013.

Tarloff didn't dispute that he killed Kathryn Faughey in February 2008. But defense lawyers say Tarloff's schizophrenia made him so psychotic that he couldn't tell that what he was doing was wrong.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says Tarloff carried out a deliberate plan and understood it was illegal.

Tarloff told authorities he set out to rob Faughey's officemate, encountered her instead and thought she was evil.

Tarloff envisioned getting money from the hold-up to whisk his sick mother away to Hawaii.

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