Man denies killing runner, defense considers insanity plea
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing a runner in the nation’s capital has pleaded not guilty in the slaying, and his lawyer is gathering evidence for a possible insanity defense.
WTOP-FM reports Anthony Crawford on Friday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in slaying of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez. Police say Crawford used a stolen kitchen knife to kill Martinez as she ran near her District home in September.
Crawford’s lawyer, Eugene Ohm, on Friday requested more time to develop a not guilty by reason of insanity defense. He has until June 21 to announce if that plea will be pursued.
Crawford was found incompetent to stand trial in February but has since started mediation and been found competent. Court records say he has a history of paranoia and drug use.
Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com