- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A mental patient who admits killing a Manhattan psychotherapist has been found mentally fit for a retrial in the meat-cleaver slaying.

David Tarloff’s competence had come under question in recent months, with his new trial date nearing. But doctors examined him in recent weeks and found him fit. The results were aired at a court date Friday.

Jury selection is due to start Feb. 24.

The schizophrenic Tarloff admits he killed psychologist Kathryn Faughey (FAW’-hee) in 2008, after going to rob her officemate. But Tarloff’s defense argues he was too mentally ill to be held criminally responsible.

A trial last year ended in a hung jury.

A 2010 attempt at a trial collapsed during jury selection, when Tarloff’s behavior disintegrated and he was found unfit.

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