September 20, 2013 10:38 pm -

Lawrence Loeffler of Bend, Oregon, will be defended by attorneys who say he suffers from delusions.  One of his other complains was that his stepdaughter failed to wish him a happy birthday.

[Deschutes County prosecutor Mary] Anderson said Lawrence Loeffler took the phone off the hook, retrieved a .25-caliber handgun in the middle of the night from the bedroom where she slept and then “set a trap” to get his wife onto the deck at the back of their house near La Pine, a town of about 1,670 people on the east edge of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon.He shot her once in the neck and then again in the head in what he described to investigators as a “kill shot” to make sure she was dead, Anderson told jurors…

He had no idea what reality was at that time,” DeKalb told jurors.

DeKalb said Lawrence Loeffler spent about 10 days in a Bend retirement home after surgery to remove his gall bladder in December, receiving hospice care. He said Loeffler was fixated on the death of his own father and became disoriented, irrational and obsessed with death.