ALEXANDRIA, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - A Northern Virginia judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man who stabbed an Alexandria businessman to death because he thought he was a werewolf.
On Wednesday, jurors said they were deadlocked in the case of Pankaj Bhasin, who was on trial for murder in connection with the death of 65-year-old Brad Jackson.
Last week, the defense pleaded to strike the murder trial from the court stating a more appropriate charge of voluntary manslaughter should be applied.
The defense claimed Bhasin suffered from mental health issues and that he thought Jackson was a werewolf at the time of the incident.
The judge, however, overruled the motion to strike down the case.
Jackson was found inside his window replacement business in Alexandria’s Old Town neighborhood suffering from 53 stab wounds.
While they were at the scene in the 1200 block of King Street, investigators found Bhasin locked inside a Mercedes Benz with no pants on and covered in blood.