SOUTH BEND — A former Notre Dame assistant football coach facing three felonies related to an August police stand-off at his home notified the court Wednesday that he plans to use mental disease as his defense.
Corwin Brown’s attorney, William Stanley, told The Tribune he believes his client is suffering from a brain injury caused by his eight-year career in the NFL.
Brown "is not responsible for his conduct on Aug. 12, 2011 … because he lacked the substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of law, as the result of a mental disease or defect," Stanley wrote in a notice to the court.
The 41-year-old is accused of striking his wife and confining her inside their Granger home while he was armed with a deadly weapon. Police staged outside for nearly seven hours before Brown shot himself in the stomach and surrendered, according to court documents.