PTSD claimed in vet's killing of girlfriend

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer is arguing that an Iraq veteran was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he stabbed to death his girlfriend at their Los Angeles-area apartment.

The Torrance Daily Breeze says the claim was made Monday in the murder trial of Tymarc Warren Jr.

The former Army sergeant killed 22-year-old Eileen Garneiter in their Lawndale apartment in January 2011, weeks after she gave birth to their daughter. A relative found the baby covered in blood.

Prosecutors contend that Warren strangled and stabbed the woman because she planned to leave him.

But defense attorney Louisa Pensanti told jurors her client was damaged by serving four years in Iraq. She's arguing that he should be convicted of manslaughter, not first-degree murder.