Man accused of murder reports suicidal thoughts — (North-Central Connecticut Journal Inquirer)

SSRI Ed note: Man accused of murdering girlfriend explains to judge that Zoloft is causing him to have suicidal thoughts.

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North-Central Connecticut Journal Inquirer

By Alex Wood

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 12:00 am

The former Windsor Locks man who is accused of stabbing a girlfriend to death by the Connecticut River in South Windsor told a Superior Court judge Tuesday that an anti-depressant medication he’s taking is causing him to think of suicide.

Hartford Judge Thomas P. Miano ordered a suicide watch put on the man, William C. Walters, 45, who lived on North Main Street in Windsor Locks before his arrest on the murder charge in early July.

Walters, who has a lengthy criminal record, is in jail because he can’t post $1 million bond.

Walters’ statements about his suicidal thoughts came as Miano was questioning him about his decision to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on the evidence against him.

A standard part of such questioning is to ask the defendant whether he is taking medication that affects his ability to think clearly.

Walters told the judge that he was taking Zoloft, an antidepressant drug, and had taken his most recent dose Tuesday morning.

“When I take it, I have suicidal thoughts,” he said, adding that it sometimes interferes with his ability to think clearly.

But he said the drug wasn’t affecting the clarity of his thinking Tuesday, and Miano allowed him to waive the so-called “probable cause hearing.”

Walters is charged with murder in the July 5 stabbing death of Debra A. Vigneau, 50, of Somers. The stabbing took place near a boat launch on the Connecticut River in South Windsor.

king is causing him to think of suicide.