Retrial begins in meat-cleaver killing of Manhattan therapist

Retrial begins in meat-cleaver killing of Manhattan therapist

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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)

JENNIFER PELTZ | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The schizophrenic killer of a New York City psychotherapist is being retried in a meat-cleaver attack that turned an office into a bloodbath.

Opening statements began Monday in David Tarloff's murder trial. It is prosecutors' third attempt to convict him in Kathryn Faughey's 2008 death.

Tarloff has admitted he killed Faughey while aiming to rob her officemate.

Tarloff's defense argues he was too psychotic to be held criminally responsible. Defense lawyer Frederick Sosinsky told jurors Tarloff was "a very sick individual."

But Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Evan Krutoy said Tarloff "knew exactly what he was doing."

Tarloff has said he was seeking money to get his mother out of a nursing home.

A jury deadlocked last year. A 2010 trial attempt foundered during jury selection because of Tarloff's unstable behavior.

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