Criminal Justice

Murder Defendant to Claim Low Sodium Caused Insanity

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A Michigan man accused of stabbing his mother to death is expected to claim low sodium caused his temporary insanity at the time of the crime.

A lawyer for Charles Foresi claims the defendant suffered a brain dysfunction because of an improperly treated salt imbalance known as hyponatremia, report the Associated Press and the Macomb Daily. The lawyer, Timothy Kohler, said his client’s condition was aggravated from a head injury he received in a car accident when he was 12 years old.

Prosecutors plan to refute the defense with evidence of criminal intent in prior criminal cases. Foresi was convicted of stabbing a friend in the 1990s. In the present case, he is accused of stabbing his mother because she wouldn’t give him money to buy drugs.

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