Fergus court case continued to March

The criminal case against a New Milford man charged with attempting to kill his former wife in front of two of their young children more than a year ago was again postponed Jan. 25.

Neil Fergus, 42, a former self-employed computer consultant, remains in custody on $1 million bond charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, home invasion, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, violation of a protective order and third-degree assault on someone over the age of 60.

The latter charge stems from his alleged assault on his mother-in-law as he attempted to chase his former wife, Catherine, while she tried to escape after he stabbed her in the driveway of their former home.

Mr. Fergus has been assigned special counsel, the Waterbury firm of Moynihan and Minella, and those lawyers have suggested they wish to pursue an insanity defense.

Psychiatric evaluations have been requested, but the case has been continued numerous times to give the defense time to review the medical reports and prepare the case.

The reason for last week's postponement was not specified in court, but the weather was creating difficulties for a number of lawyers and clients expected in Litchfield Superior Court.

The case was continued to March 15.