HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A trial has been scheduled for next month for a Connecticut man accused of kidnapping his ex-wife and holding her hostage for hours before burning down the house they once shared.

A Hartford Superior Court judge on Wednesday set jury selection to begin next Tuesday and the trial to start Oct. 3 for 62-year-old Richard Shenkman. His lawyers are expected to pursue a mental-illness defense.

Police allege Shenkman kidnapped his ex-wife, Nancy Tyler, in Hartford in July 2009 and held her hostage during a more than 12-hour standoff with police at the South Windsor home. Tyler managed to escape and Shenkman surrendered as flames engulfed the house.

Shenkman is also awaiting trial on charges he burned down the couple’s East Lyme home in 2007 during their contentious divorce case.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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