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Apr 9, 2013 2:03 PM by AP

Man accused of feticide enters insanity plea

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The man accused of stabbing his wife and ripping the fetus from her body has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Advocate reports public defender Jasper S. Brock made the plea change Monday for Jeffery Reynolds of Walker.

Brock asked that a sanity commission be set up in the case, and state Judge Beth Wolf set a sanity hearing for June 13.

During the short court hearing, Brock said he is not questioning Reynolds' competency to stand trial, but his state of mind during the incident in October.

Authorities alleged that on Oct. 23 Reynolds cut the fetus from his wife, Paula, at their Milton Road residence, tried to kill her, called 911 and then fought officers when they arrived. His wife survived the attack.

The 911 call included partially incoherent ranting from Reynolds and screams from his wife, deputy Jeff Beatty testified at a previous hearing at which the judge revoked bail for Reynolds.

In an interview on the day of his arrest, Reynolds said he had smoked herbal incense and began having visions, Beatty testified.

Reynolds continues to be held without bail in the Livingston Parish Detention Center, where he is separated from the jail's regular population for his own safety, Sheriff Jason Ard said.

At Monday's hearing, Brock asked for the results from search warrants, including one for Reynolds' cellphone. He also asked for copies of numerous videos that were on Reynolds' computer, which authorities confiscated.

Assistant District Attorney Charlotte Herbert told the judge she had no objection to the defense receiving that information.

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