Alleged mom killer to stand trial
Oct 25, 2013 / 1:00 pm
A trial has been ordered for the man accused of killing his mother last year at her Kelowna home.
Conor Grossmith, 25, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kate Gilchrist, who was found Sept. 14, 2012 and died a few days later in hospital.
A preliminary hearing wrapped up earlier this week that outlined the circumstances behind Gilchrist’s death, but those details are under a publication ban.
The court had previously ordered a psychiatric report for Grossmith, who had been under observation at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.
Those findings stated that Grossmith had been either grossly intoxicated at the time of the attack (he gave a breath sample three times over the legal limit hours after the incident), or it was part of a manic disorder – both of which could diminish criminal negligence and culpability in the crime.
Grossmith’s lawyer, Joe Gordon, had previously said that if the matter goes to trial, their defence would be not criminally responsible due to mental disorder.
A trial date has not been set.
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