Mental health defense planned in stabbing death

MISSOULA COUNTY

Associated Press
POSTED: 10:21 AM May 22 2013   UPDATED: 10:38 AM May 22 2013
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

The attorney for a Missoula man charged with stabbing a Dixon man to death in December says he plans to argue his client suffers from a mental disease or defect.
    
Public defender Steve Eschenbacher told District Judge Kim Christopher on Tuesday that a court-ordered psychological evaluation completed at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, as well as a second evaluation being completed, support that defense.
    
Nathan Lee William Calvert is charged with deliberate homicide in the Dec. 6 death of 61-year-old Doug Morigeau of Dixon and with attempted deliberate homicide for cutting the throat of Morigeau's wife, Cheryl.
    
Calvert told investigators he was high on synthetic marijuana, or "spice" at the time of the attack.
    
Christopher set a July 15 trial date.