LAS VEGAS — A former Las Vegas firefighter convicted of hiring a homeless ex-convict to bludgeon his estranged wife to death says in a handwritten note from prison that he was under the effects of prescription medication when he ordered her death.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( ) George Tiaffay’s note was included in a 107-page court document appealing his conviction for first-degree murder.

Tiaffay wrote that the prescriptions altered his ability to discern right from wrong and he thought God directed him to commit the crime.

Tiaffay was sentenced in 2015 to life in prison without parole.

He’s appealing his conviction and says his lawyer was ineffective during the trial. A judge is expected to assign him a new lawyer soon but court records on Friday did not show a new attorney had been appointed yet.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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