Walter Bansley III is representing Gary Dillard, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death two years ago inside her Hamden home.
But a judge has now delayed the trial because Dillard claims Bansley smashed his head against a wall before the scheduled start of his trial Tuesday. Dillard told the judge Bansley attacked him in the court's downstairs lock-up.
The trial judge approved Bansley's motion to have Dillard evaluated by a psychiatrist to see if he is mentally competent to stand trial.
In addition to his 20 years in the Marine Corps, Bansley also spent time as a Judge Advocate General, an attorney for the military.
Aaron Sorkin based his character, Lt. Daniel Kaffee, in his play "A Few Good Men" on Bansley. Tom Cruise made the role famous in the movie version.