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Hearing on insanity defense in woman’s slaying continued

July 4, 2018

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A hearing on whether a northeastern Pennsylvania man will be allowed to use an insanity defense in the death of a neighbor found slain in a bathtub has been delayed due to concerns about the defendant’s mental state.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that a Lackawanna Court hearing was continued Tuesday after attorneys for 30-year-old Joseph Thornton raised concerns that he may still be incompetent for trial even after forced psychiatric medication.

Thornton is charged in the death of 29-year-old Stephanie Tyminski, who was found dead in a bathtub at Scranton’s Valley View Terrace in December 2014. Authorities said bloodstains were found in Thornton’s apartment and the victim had repeatedly rejected his advances.

Thornton’s trial has been delayed several times due to concerns about his competency to aid his defense.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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