Raymond Lazarine admits he shot and killed his wife of 35 years on December 18, 2013, but, he says, he’s not really responsible because he thought it was a dream.
Lazarine contends that he was sleepwalking when he shot his 63-year-old wife Debrah six times, including two shots to the head and one in the back, ABC 13 reported.
Lazarine’s trial began this week in Houston, where his defense attorney wants the jury to understand that there’s a lot we don’t really know about how the brain works.
Feroz Merchant called several witnesses to testify to Lazarine’s alleged sleep disorder.
“There are witnesses over there who have seen the manifestation of his sleep disorder, and we thought that would be important for the jury to know,” Merchant said.
But prosecutors called Krysta Johns, Lazarine’s stepdaughter and Debrah’s daughter, who told the jury that her stepfather drank heavily, was abusive, and frequently threatened to kill her mother.
Lazarine’s son, Nathan — whom he called after the shooting to say he’d dreamed it — testified that his father had been prescribed psychotropic drugs that he sometimes mixed with alcohol, according to Click2Houston.
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