BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering 24-year-old Amy Lord plans to offer an insanity defense.
Edwin Alemany's attorney, Jeffrey Denner, confirmed to FOX 25 his client plans to enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea in the murder trial. Denner previously said his client is suffering from severe mental illness, and should not be held criminally responsible.
In court documents obtained by FOX 25, his attorneys claim he has a long history of severe mental illness that is well-documented, and includes disorders associated with a disconnect from reality.
Denner said he plans to bring in experts to back up his claim, and called Alemany "one sick kid." But prosecutors will fight an insanity defense. they stand by their claim that he is a cold-blooded killer.
Alemany has pleaded not guilty to 20 charges, including first-degree murder, in the July 2013 death of Amy Lord, a Wilbraham native living in South Boston.
Prosecutors say Lord was beaten and forced to drive to five ATMs and withdraw money. She was then taken to a city park where she was stabbed to death. Investigators allege Alemany torched Lord's Jeep and used the money to make several purchases in the area where her car was found.
Alemany also was indicted in three non-fatal attacks on young women, two the same week Lord was killed.