Pineville man facing murder charge files application for sanity commission

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Douglas Ponthieux, Sr., the Pineville man charged with second degree murder for the death of Connie Patterson in March, has filed his own application for the appointment of a sanity commission. The legal document was prepared by John Andrew Borskey, Jr., who is a registered tier-3 sex offender convicted of attempted forcible rape.

Douglas Wayne Ponthieux, Sr (Source: RPSO)

Ponthieux, Sr. claims that he suffers from a "mental disease or defect which materially limits (his) mental capacity to fully understand the proceedings against him."

Ponthieux, Sr. also claims that he believes "he was having a seizure at the time" when his girlfriend, Connie Patterson, was murdered. He also writes that he is unable to understand the serious nature of the offense and the possible penalty.

Ponthieux, Sr. has also filed a motion for a new attorney. He is currently being represented by a public defender, Chad Guillot. In this motion, he writes that Guillot is not discussing his case with him and "all he does when we talk before court is try to get me to take a plea bargain."

News Channel 5 reached out to Guillot, but he declined to comment based on attorney-client privilege.

Meanwhile, Ponthieux, Sr.'s trial was supposed to begin on September 25, but Guillot has filed a notice to change the court date given the sanity request and the request for a new attorney.

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