Man charged in pregnant wife’s death plans insanity defense

YORK, Pa. – Pennsylvania man accused of killing his pregnant wife with a sword last year, plans to use an insanity defense.

Lawyers for the 32-year-old John Ziegler III stated their intention in the court papers filed earlier this month.

Ziegler is charged with murder in the death of the 25-year-old Diana Ziegler and her unborn child in January 2017, in Jackson Township. The authorities say that the victim was six months pregnant.

Officials said that the suspect told the investigators that he believed he was saving humanity from a global conspiracy with what he called “hybrid humans.”

The police testified that Ziegler told investigators his wife was the group’s “queen bee” and that he needed to kill her to save the world.

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