A Pakistani-American accused of shooting six people, one fatally, at the Jewish Federation office in Seattle last July, on Wednesday changed his plea to innocent by reason of insanity.
Lawyers for Naeeid Haq argue their client has a long history of mental illness, hospitalizations and suicide attempts over the years. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
Haq is charged with murder in the death of Pamela Waechter, 58, director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's annual fundraising campaign, and with five counts of attempted murder in the attack at the federation's downtown offices on July 28.
His trial is set for January and he is being held in jail without bail.