A Connecticut man charged with nearly cutting off his teenage niece's head says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tribal violence he witnessed while living in his native Congo.
The Connecticut Post reports that 31-year-old Richard Segabiro, speaking through an interpreter, waived a probable cause hearing Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge, and told a judge wants a jury trial.
Authorities say Segabiro, a refugee from the Congo who came to the U.S. in 2016, used a knife to kill 15-year-old Francine Nyanzanika in their Bridgeport apartment on Feb. 19 while his wife and three children were asleep.
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Segabiro told investigators he suffers from PTSD and thought the girl was trying to poison him.
He is being held on $1.5 million bond.