Doctor claims that cough syrup caused him to kill lover and 2-year-old boyBy Mason White 2:22 PM December 29, 2015
|Eric Cooper and Cooper Chen|
By: Tanya Malhotra
A doctor who was arrested on a charge of murder for killing his partner and 2-year-old son, blames cough syrup for the attack, police in Washington said.
Seattle police said that they have arrested 43-year-old Dr. Louis Chen, after being accused of stabbing 29-year-old Eric Cooper and 2-year-old Cooper Chen.
In court, Louis Chen pleaded not guilty, arguing that he was suffering from cough-syrup induced psychosis, which led him to kill his partner and son.
Louis Chen and his lover were locked in a custody battle when he was found stabbed. Louis Chen was charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty.
According to the police investigation, after Louis Chen failed to show up for work, police went to his home and opened the door.
They found him naked and covered in blood. Police found the body of his lover with more than 100 stab wounds. The boy’s throat was cut.
An officer asked Louis Chen “Who did this?” He replied: “I did it.”
Louis Chen spent 10 days at the Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated in intensive care for a drug overdose and self-inflicted stab wounds.
Louis Chen reported hallucinations, and had to be restrained for a few days because he had assaulted nurses.