- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - An Illinois man accused of hacking his wife to death in Wisconsin has taken a plea deal, more than a month before he was slated to go on trial.

The Journal Times of Racine (http://bit.ly/1Z5Qjgs ) reports that 39-year-old Cristian Loga-Negru, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, pleaded no contest Friday to first-degree intentional homicide in the 2014 slaying. He’s accused of killing 36-year-old Roxana Abrudan in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, where she went to stay with her boss to hide from her husband.

Despite the plea deal, Loga-Negru will still stand trial in July. The judge will determine whether he had a mental disease or some other mental condition that left him unable to understand at the time that his alleged actions were wrong. Loga-Negru’s attorney says the defendant is currently competent.

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Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

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