Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 6:57am.

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- A Charlotte man accused of killing his girlfriend nearly two years ago has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. 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 in Iraq. Thomas could be sent to a state mental hospital if he is found not guilty by reason of insanity. Trial is expected near year. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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