ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s been a change of plea Wednesday for an Albuquerque dad charged with slashing his 2-year-old daughter’s and girlfriend’s throats.
Chee Livingston changed his plea from not guilty to no contest and on Wednesday, his attorney shed light on why he says it happened.
Albuquerque police said in 2011, Livingston had four beers and had been playing a cartoon Samurai video game when he got up in the middle of the night and stabbed his daughter and girlfriend in their throats.
Both survived the attack.
Livingston was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and child abuse.
His attorney says Livingston agreed to the plea deal because Livingston had spent the last two years in custody, and also because they learned after the stabbing that he suffers from schizophrenia.
His attorney says the night of the stabbing Livingston was apparently having a schizophrenic hallucination.
His attorney says Livingston was never in trouble and had a job at a hospital before the stabbing.
“He had these problems and they were undiagnosed, and when people have these kinds of visions, awful things can happen. I mean, he loved his wife, he loved the child. There’s no explanation for this. It’s not a case or a crime where there is a motive,” said attorney Joseph Riggs.
Livingston is now getting treatment for his mental illness and his attorney wants him in a court-ordered mental health supervision program.
Livingston will be sentenced in June. He faces a minimum of three years and a maximum of 18 years in custody.
A judge will decide if he serves that time in prison or a mental hospital.