Suspect in cleaver killing ordered to mental health facility
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man charged with killing his wife with a meat cleaver in 2017 has been placed in the custody of the Vermont Department of Mental Health.
Aita Gurung was charged with murder in his wife’s death, but the charges were dropped by the county prosecutor who said evidence showed he was legally insane at the time. The attorney general refiled the charges in September after Republican Gov. Phil Scott asked him to review the case.
Last month, Gurung was found incompetent for trial. On Monday, Gurung was ordered back to a mental health facility after one of his former doctors said he is at “high risk of suicide.”
Gurung’s defense attorney Sandra Lee told Mynbc5.com that she was frustrated by the process.
“I’m relieved for Mr. Gurung, but I’m also incredibly saddened that we’re actually here,” she said.
Police allege that in October 2017 Gurung attacked and killed his wife, Yogeswari Khadka, 32, in Burlington and injured his mother-in-law hours after he had sought mental health treatment at a local hospital.