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Mental state debated in Manhattan cleaver slay case

NEW YORK — For years, it was unclear whether the schizophrenic killer of a Manhattan psychotherapist would ever be stable enough to be tried in the meat-cleaver attack he acknowledges he committed.

But as David Tarloff’s murder trial began Monday, prosecutors argued his mental illness is no defense for a methodically planned robbery that turned deadly while the defense told a jury Tarloff believed God had approved of a scheme so insane it shows he didn’t understand the horror of what he was doing.

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