- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a man charged with attacking a lawyer and his wife say they plan to use a rare involuntary intoxication defense - arguing that his mental state at the time of the offense resulted from the use of medication.

Andrew Schmuhl is accused of attacking Leo Fisher and Fisher’s wife, Sue Duncan, in their McLean home in November 2014, after Schmul’s wife was fired from Fisher’s firm. Fisher has said in court that Schmuhl stunned him with a stun gun, bound him and then slit his throat.

Prosecutors say Schmuhl then stabbed Duncan and shot at her, but missed.

In a November filing, Schmuhl’s lawyers suggested Schmuhl’s mental state during the offense met the definition for insanity. Defense Attorney Brad Haywood wouldn’t say whether that defense would be dropped in favor of the involuntary intoxication defense.

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