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ANorth Naples man acc used of decapitating and m utilating his girlfriend in 2011intends to use the insanity defense when he heads to trial next year. Christopher Serna, 37, is charged with second-deg ree murder in the brutal killing of Suzanne Bishop. Deputies who arrived at Serna’s apartment early July 26, 2011, found him covered in blood and unable to speak. Bishop’s head was stuck on a pole in the living r oom and her nude body was found on the floor in a p ool of blood in a bedroom, a ccording to reports. A ccording to paperwork filed by Serna’s attorneys last month, the defense intends to convince a jury he was not in his right mind when he killed Bishop. T he insanity defense is a rarity in Southwest Florida, with few defendants opting to use it. Experts say it can be difficult to convince a jury and can carry unintended consequences even if the defense prevails. “ It’s saying ‘I did this, but it’s not fair to hold me r esponsible because I d idn’t have the faculties to u nderstand what I was doing was wrong,” said Susan Rozelle, a criminal law professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulf- port. S amantha Syoen, communications director for the state attorney’s office, said she couldn’t comment on the motion because the case is ongoing. Serna’s attorney, assistant public defender Shannon Brown, d idn’t return a request for comment. S erna is scheduled for a t rial in February, but that d ate is likely to be moved back. In a motion filed Thursday, Serna’s attor- COLLIER COUNTY Accused to try insanity defense North Naples man charged with decapitating his girlfriend in 2011 By Steve Doane sdoane@news-press.com SeeDEFENSE»A8 Serna Bishop

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  2. 22 Dec 2014, Mon,
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