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NEW YORK (AP) — The schizophrenic killer of a New York City psychotherapist is being retried in a meat-cleaver attack that turned an office into a bloodbath.

Opening statements began Monday in David Tarloff's murder trial. It's prosecutors' third attempt to convict him in Kathryn Faughey's (FAW'-heez) 2008 death.

Tarloff admits he killed Faughey while aiming to rob her officemate. Tarloff's defense argues he was too psychotic to be held criminally responsible.

Faughey's officemate was a psychiatrist who'd treated Tarloff 17 years earlier. Tarloff has told authorities he was seeking money to get his mother out of a nursing home and take her far away.

A trial last year ended in a hung jury. A 2010 trial attempt foundered during jury selection because Tarloff's behavior disintegrated and he was found unfit for court.

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