BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - A former New York banking executive was convicted Thursday for a second time for the 2004 fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend on Nantucket.
The Cape Cod Times reports jurors in Barnstable Superior Court found Thomas Toolan III guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Lochtefeld, who had broken up with Toolan a few days before she was killed.
In 2011, the state Supreme Judicial Court threw out Toolan's 2007 murder conviction, saying jurors had not been properly screened for the trial held on Nantucket island, where many people had connections to Lochtefeld or her family, who had spent many summers there.
The case, the first murder trial on the island in 20 years, drew intense media attention.
At the retrial in Barnstable on the Cape Cod mainland, Toolan's defense attorney argued that Toolan's actions were irrational and he wasn't criminally responsible. Prosecutors said Toolan had an elaborate plan to stab Lochtefeld and carried it out.
Lochtefeld, then 44, was a former New York City consultant who had sold her business and moved to Nantucket. She met Toolan, then 37, during Labor Day weekend 2004. She broke up with him over his drinking a few days before her death on Oct. 25.
Defense attorney Robert Sheketoff said in closing arguments there was no question that after Lochtefeld rejected him, Toolan "retaliated with a brutal, totally out-of-control killing." But he said his client had serious medical conditions and had a psychotic break when he killed Lochtefeld.
Prosecutor Brian Glenny said Toolan carried out a detailed plan when he killed Lochtefeld. "This is not a situation where he's suddenly overwhelmed by some irresistible impulse."
According to court documents, Toolan flew to Nantucket, rented a car and killed Lochtefeld at her bungalow with two knives he had bought. The medical examiner said she died of multiple stab wounds to the chest and back. Toolan was later arrested driving through Rhode Island.