(Stamford-AP, Jan. 20, 2005 7:25 AM ) _ A three-judge panel in Stamford has begun hearing testimony in the murder trial of a man charged with fatally stabbing his mother in her Greenwich home.
Sixty-three-year-old Carol Ferenz died soon after midnight of January First of 2004, at the Westchester County Medical Center.
The prosecutor and the defense both agree that 43-year-old Stephen Ferenz did not know what he was doing during the attack and should be imprisoned in a secure mental-health facility.
The case posed an unusual judicial and religious issue because Carol Ferenz, a devout Jehovah's Witness, declined a potentially life-saving blood transfusion in keeping with her faith.
Prosecutors weighed manslaughter charges before charging Ferenz with murder, ultimately deciding that state law warranted the heavier charge though Carol Ferenz had declined medical treatment.