Utica man accused of killing grandmother may pursue psychiatric defense

The man accused of killing his grandmother and elderly landlord in January appeared in court Wednesday.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 4:20 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The man accused of killing his grandmother and elderly landlord in January appeared in court Wednesday.

Naythen Aubain’s attorney, Adam Tyksinski, did not dispute the findings of the psychiatric evaluation that declared Aubain fit to stand trial. The defense did, however, request more time to hire a doctor to examine Aubain, saying they may pursue a psychiatric defense.

"We put in a notice. You have to put in a notice if you do plan to. It appears that might be the case. If we decide, a little bit further on, with more investigation that we don't want to, then we'll withdraw that motion. But it's better to be careful at this time," said Tyksinski.

Aubain is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his 90-year-old grandmother, Katherine Aubain, and the 87-year-old landlord of their Tilden Avenue apartment, Jane Wentka.

He will return to court Dec. 4.

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