CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- A Charlotte man accused of killing his
girlfriend nearly two years ago has pleaded not guilty by reason of
A lawyer for 29-year-old Davon Londell Thomas said Tuesday her
client was an Iraqi war veteran who suffered from post-traumatic
stress disorder and thought the woman was part of a terrorist
attack on America.
Twenty-three-year-old Tigist Yemane was shot to death at Thomas'
parents' home in November 2009.
Police say the woman had originally come to Charlotte from
Ethiopia for a heart operation.
Defense attorney Jean Lawson says Thomas served in the North
Carolina Army National Guard and was deployed to active combat duty
Thomas could be sent to a state mental hospital if he is found
not guilty by reason of insanity.
Trial is expected near year.
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