Raymond Lazirene, 67, began his murder trial Monday in Houston court on charges he shot his wife, Deborah, to death on December 18, 2013, news station KPRC reports.
Lazarine called his adult son at work on the day of her murder, claiming that he had a strange dream that he had shot his wife and requested that his son come home, police said.
Upon arriving at the home, Nathan Lazirene discovered his mother’s body riddled with bullets on the living room floor, police said. She had been shot six times with a handgun including twice in the head and once in the back.
Lazarine who owns a successful contracting business in Houston which he ran with his wife had been married to Deborah for 35 years at the time.
Nathan Lazirene testified that his father had been undergoing psychotic treatment for a decade and took a raft off medication, but which he sometimes mixed with alcohol.
Raymond told investigators he had been taking his prescription drugs on the day he shot his wife.
Dream defense: Raymond Lazirene’s defense is that he is not guilty because he was sleepwalking when he shot his wife
Deborah Lazarine’ s son discovered her bullet riddled body o the living room floor when her husband called him home early from work in Dec 2013
Raymond shot his wife Deborah Lazarine six times inside the family’s Houston home on Dec 18, 2013
Lazarine’s attorneys argued before the court on Monday that he suffers from a medical condition that results in sleepwalking, KPRC reported.
“Our position over here is this was a dream and it wasn’t voluntary,” attorney Feroz F. Merchant told KPRC. “And he does, we’ve had him evaluated, and obviously the experts are going to come by and say hey, we think he suffers from a medical condition where it’s involuntary.”
But investigators said that Lazarine had only made comments to the effect of the episode being “like a dream.”
“He mentioned something there that was more of an off the wall comment about, ‘This is like a dream. I wish I could wake up from.’” Something along those lines,” homicide detective Fil Waters said, according to KPRC.
If convicted, Lazarine faces up to life in prison.