- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Lawyers for a Vermont man who told police he urged his girlfriend to jump off a cliff in a drug-induced haze because of an imagined bear attack are attempting to have one of his charges dismissed.

Lucas Gingras pleaded not guilty last year to attempted first-degree murder and other offenses.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1T69PoT ) attorneys for the 29-year-old Milton man have submitted a motion to dismiss the attempted-murder charge based on altered language in the formal court papers.

They also argued that statements made by his girlfriend, Ladonna Merriman, to law enforcement are inadmissible. Merriman was found dead in her home in February.

Authorities say drugs caused Gingras to hallucinate a bear attack, and he urged Merriman to jump off a cliff.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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