The man accused of killing his estranged wife with a hatchet in November 2014 has a two-part trial scheduled to begin in July.

The first part of the trial will determine if Loga-Negru suffered from mental disease the night he allegedly killed his wife, and the second part will be a regular jury trial.

According to his criminal complaint, Cristian Loga-Negru, 39, on Nov. 21, 2014, tracked Roxana Abrudan, 36, to her boss’ house in Mount Pleasant and attacked her with a hatchet in the yard when she returned from an errand. The couple was separated after Abrudan filed a police report and obtained a restraining order against the defendant. Abrudan had been staying in Mount Pleasant for about a month before the defendant found her.

Autopsy results show that Abrudan died of “multiple chop wounds and blunt force injuries.” In addition to several deep lacerations to her head, Abrudan suffered broken bones in her face and head, chop wounds to both hands and cuts and bruises on her legs.

Loga-Negru is charged with one felony count each of first degree intentional homicide, mayhem and kidnapping. If convicted of the homicide charge alone, he faces life in prison. His trial was supposed to begin Feb. 1, but during a hearing in January before Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, defense Attorneys Pat Cafferty and Mark Nielsen asked that their client undergo a special mental health evaluation usually reserved for not guilty pleas for reasons of mental disease.

The results of the evaluation will determine if Loga-Negru suffered from a mental condition at the time of the incident that prevented him from knowing what he allegedly did was wrong. In court Thursday, Gasiorkiewicz said he had the reports but would keep them confidential until Loga-Negru’s trial, a story in The Journal Times reads.

A final pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 7, and the trial is on the calendar for July 11.

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