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Tuesday, August 07, 2018 12:23 pm

Ex-wife charged with attempted murder, seeks competency exam

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

Prosecutors have charged with attempted murder a woman who last year allegedly tried to suffocate her ex-husband and beat him with a hammer and a glass jar.

Shannon D. Labrosse, 41, was charged in 2017 with six felony charges, including domestic battery with a deadly weapon and strangulation. The attempted murder charge was added Tuesday.

She attacked Thomas Labrosse in his living room on Feb. 4, 2017, by placing a plastic grocery bag over his head as he sat in a recliner, court documents allege. The man, who has multiple sclerosis, tried to get away and she attacked him first with the jar and then with a hammer, according to police.

"Thomas said while she was hitting him she kept saying, 'It's OK I got you,' " a probable cause affidavit states.

An attorney for Shannon Labrosse filed paperwork Monday asking an Allen County judge for psychiatrists to examine whether she is competent to stand trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 18. The request says "her current mental state raises concerns over her competency to stand trial."

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