Man accused of murdering grandmother, landlord declared fit to stand trial

The man accused of killing his grandmother an her 87-year-old landlord has been found competent to stand trial after he was previously declared unfit in January.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 5:33 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2019 1:55 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The man accused of killing his grandmother and her 87-year-old landlord has been found competent to stand trial after he was previously declared unfit in January.

Naythen Aubain admitted to stabbing both victims in the neck, according to the felony complaint. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, criminal mischief and overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals. 

Aubain pleaded not guilty in March, and the case was adjourned until he was deemed fit to stand trial.

Katherine’s remains were found in Clayville in a remote area in January. Police also found a dead dog with her body at that location. The body of Aubain’s landlord, Jane Wentka, was found in her apartment on Tilden Avenue. Aubain lived with his grandmother in the other apartment at that residence.

After further investigation, Aubain was charged with attempted murder in March when the Oneida County district attorney says he tried to lure his neighbor outside to kill him as well.

Aubain will appear in Oneida County Court sometime next week to begin the process leading to trial.

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