Accused murderer Ryan A. Klug’s defense attorney says he is considering an insanity defense when his client goes on trial for the slaying of a Cummins engineer.
Klug’s court-appointed lawyer, David Nowak, acknowledged in a Bartholomew Circuit Court filing that Klug had been treated for mental health problems in his home state of Michigan and in Missouri.
Klug lived in St. Louis for a while before moving to Columbus and taking a job at the Indiana Department of Transportation last year.
Klug, 36, has been charged with murder in connection with the Nov. 17 death of 26-year-old engineer
Adaobi Obih, who was found with her throat slit in an apartment she shared with Klug in west Columbus.
Friends of Obih’s said the young woman and Klug weren’t close friends but lived under the same roof to save money.
Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann has granted Nowak until March 1 to notify the court if he intends to use an insanity defense during his client’s May 13 trial.
The judge said that length of time should give Nowak a chance to track down medical records from multiple medical providers who have treated Klug.
Nowak said the cost of getting copies of all the pertinent medical records could reach $1,000, and that expense will be covered by the county’s public defender accounts.
Klug, who was employed as a civil engineer by the state highway department, is being represented by a public defender because the court accepted his declaration that he didn’t have any money to hire a lawyer on his own.
This isn’t the first time Klug’s mental state has been brought up in the Obih case in court.
When he made his first appearance before Heimann in early January, the judge asked him about his medical condition and any drugs he was taking.
Klug said he was taking medication to control “social anxiety, and it makes things a little bit slower.” He also told the judge he understood the charges against him.