A 42-year-old Minnesota has been charged with murder in the second degree and attempted murder in the second degree for allegedly killing his 68-year-old mother and attempting to kill his 71-year-old father. Prosecutors do not believe that the crimes were premeditated. The man faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted and his bail has been set at $1 million.
Officers from the Maple Grove Police Department responded to a residence on Eagle Lake Drive North at approximately 7:30 p.m. after an individual in the home dialed 911 and then hung up. Officers say that the man who answered the door was covered in blood and admitted to them that he had assaulted his parents. Officers say that they discovered a woman on the ground floor of the residence who had suffered a severe head wound and was not breathing. They attempted to resuscitate the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived.
The man's father was found upstairs. He had also suffered a head wound, but he was breathing and conscious. He was transported to a nearby hospital by paramedics with life-threatening injuries. His condition was later upgraded to stable. When interviewed at the hospital, he told officers that his son had mental health issues and may have been under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the attacks.
When presented with facts like these, experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to have an individual charged with these types of violent crimes undergo a mental health evaluation. If doctors determine that the behavior may have been caused by a mental defect of some kind, attorneys could mount a defense based on diminished capacity. Attorneys may also consult with doctors to find out if drug use could have prompted or intensified a mental episode.
Source: KSTP, "Maple Grove man charged with 2 counts of second-degree murder after mother killed, father severely injured", Tommy Wiita, July 27, 2019