FAIRFIELD — A jury concluded Wednesday that a Fairfield man was not insane, as he claimed when he fatally stabbed a neighbor in 2010, rejecting the expert opinion of three psychiatrists.
The sane verdict came a week after the same jury found Christopher Hernandez guilty of murder.
Six months after his arrest, Hernandez, 46, told authorities he had been hearing voices that told him to kill 34-year-old Karen Harrison at her Balboa Court mobile home on the night of June 14, 2010. That led his defense lawyer to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Prosecutor Julie Underwood countered the claim of insanity by showing jurors videos of more than five hours of Hernandez calmly and coolly answering questions by police shortly after his arrest.
During the police interviews, Hernandez repeatedly admitted to killing Harrison. He claimed to be Harrison’s boyfriend, said that she pleaded for him to stab her in the chest because she no longer wanted to live and said that he joined with her in a suicide pact, but changed his mind about killing himself after she was dead.
Judge Peter B. Foor ordered Hernandez to return to court Aug. 12 for sentencing.
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