Attys: Mom in son's NYC death wasn't mentally ill

July 12, 2011 4:55:59 PM PDT
Lawyers for a pharmaceuticals multimillionaire charged with murdering her 8-year-old autistic son in a New York City luxury hotel say she wasn't mentally ill. They say she was "reasonably fearful" in feeling she was killing her child to protect him from people she said abused him.

Gigi Jordan's lawyers said in a court filing Tuesday that she doesn't plan an insanity defense. A prior Jordan attorney had suggested she might.

Jordan plans to argue that son Jude Mirra's death was an altruistic filicide, or a child killing by a parent who believes she's acting in the child's best interest.

Jude died of a prescription drug overdose in February 2010. Jordan was found incoherent. She'd left a letter indicating she planned to kill them both.

Prosecutors have called Jude's killing calculated.