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W. Pa. soldier to claim insanity in shootings

A troubled Iraq war veteran says is pursuing an insanity defense against charges that he fatally shot two people while robbing a Subway sandwich shop in central Pennsylvania.
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com

A troubled Iraq war veteran says is pursuing an insanity defense against charges that he fatally shot two people while robbing a Subway sandwich shop in central Pennsylvania.Defense Attorney David Shrager on Tuesday asked a judge for more time to prepare a petition to the court on behalf of 29-year-old Nicholas Horner, of Altoona. The law requires attorneys to provide notice of an insanity defense.Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio is pursuing the death penalty in the April 6 robbery of the Subway sandwich shop in Altoona. Horner allegedly killed a 19-year-old clerk and a bystander while taking about $130.Horner was home from the Army on medical leave and his family contends his actions were fueled by post-traumatic stress disorder.___Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com