War vet accused of murder; pleads not guilty by reason of insanity
Sept. 07 2011
An Iraqi war veteran had post-traumatic stress disorder, his lawyer says, and killed his girlfriend because he thought she was part of a terrorist attack on America.
Davon Londell Thomas, accused of killing his 23-year-old girlfriend in November 2009, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Tigist Yemane, who originally came to Charlotte from Ethiopia for an operation to fix a heart defect, was shot to death in Thomas' parents' house in the Reedy Creek community. Police have said Thomas shot Yemane several times.
Thomas' mother told the Observer on Tuesday that she saw her son fatally shoot Yemane.
"That was the most horrifying thing I ever witnessed in my life," said his mother, who didn't want her name used. "I prayed to get those visions out of my head.
Source Charlotte Observer