Prosecutors charged a Fort Wayne woman with attempted murder for allegedly trying to suffocate her ex-husband last year and beating him with a glass jar and hammer.
Shannon D. Labrosse, 41, was charged in 2017 with six felonies including domestic battery with a deadly weapon and strangulation. The attempted murder charge was added Tuesday.
It's the second time she has faced charges for beating the man – who has multiple sclerosis – with a hammer. She pleaded guilty in 2011 to a misdemeanor battery count for striking him repeatedly in the head with the tool while he lay in bed.
She was sentenced to a year in jail in that case after Thomas Labrosse became uncooperative with investigators and said the attack was in self-defense, prosecutors said at the time. The couple divorced in 2013, court records show.
Shannon Labrosse attacked her ex-husband as he sat in a recliner in his living room on Feb. 4, 2017, by placing a plastic shopping bag over his head, court documents allege. When he tried to get away, she hit him with the jar and then with the hammer, according to police.
Thomas Labrosse told investigators it seemed like he had been struck 60 times. He suffered injuries including a broken finger, broken ribs and “numerous lacerations to his head,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed in March 2017.
“Thomas said while she was hitting him she kept saying, 'It's OK I got you,'” the affidavit states.
Police arrived after a neighbor came to the door to ask if everything was all right, court documents say. Thomas Labrosse was still on the floor when investigators arrived.
Defense attorney John Bohdan filed paperwork Monday in Allen Superior Court asking a judge to appoint psychiatrists to examine whether she is competent to stand trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 18. The request references a mental health condition on or about the time of the alleged crimes and says “her current mental state raises concerns over her competency to stand trial.”
Judge John Surbeck had not ruled on the request as of late Tuesday afternoon. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 17.