EDMOND, Okla. – An lawyer plans to hunt a competency listening to for a 19-year-old Oklahoma homicide suspect whose brother advised investigators he stated he killed their mother and father as a result of he thought they had been Devil worshippers speaking with him telepathically.
Michael Elijah “Eli” Walker was arraigned Wednesday on first-degree homicide prices within the March Four capturing deaths of Michael Logan Walker, 50, and Rachel Walker, 44, at their house within the Oklahoma Metropolis suburb of Edmond.
Walker’s lawyer, Derek Likelihood, who entered a not responsible plea on his shopper’s behalf, stated he would anticipate to hunt a not responsible by motive of madness protection if he is not discovered incompetent for trial. Likelihood acknowledged such defenses have hardly ever succeeded in Oklahoma homicide trials.
“He is very mentally in poor health, and even at this level it is troublesome even for us to get via to him in any of our conferences,” Likelihood stated.
Michael Logan Walker’s sister, Maya Walker, made a short assertion to reporters Tuesday following funeral providers for the slain couple, alluding to her nephew’s psychological difficulties.
“Please see it quickly sufficient earlier than it occurs to your loved ones as a result of all of us now in hindsight are realizing the items we’re placing collectively now, we did not acknowledge,” she stated.
“We hope and pray for the very best final result (and) for Eli, my nephew, to get the most effective care doable,” Walker stated.
It has not been revealed whether or not Walker had been identified with, or was present process therapy for, a psychological sickness.
“We have now not confirmed that but as an official medical analysis, not saying it is not true,” police spokeswoman Jenny Wagnon stated. “That is one thing we are going to doubtless be requested to do by the DA’s workplace.”
Wagnon stated two pistols and an AR-15 rifle discovered within the house shortly after the slayings had been bought by one of many mother and father however declined to say which mother or father.
Easy accessibility to weapons solely barely will increase the danger by the mentally in poor health of gun violence in comparison with the general inhabitants, stated Dr. William Carpenter Jr., a psychiatric professor on the College of Maryland College of Medication.
“Certain, violence could be a downside … gun violence, however with the quantity of gun violence on this nation it simply stands proud slightly bit,” Carpenter stated of violent acts dedicated by the mentally in poor health. “Many of the improve pertains to earlier than they’re identified or handled, or they are not taking their remedy on the time the violence happens.”
Wagnon stated police had been additionally making an attempt to find out the place supplies had been acquired for 4 small home made bombs discovered within the house and later detonated by a bomb squad.
“We’ll be going via telephones and computer systems, in search of receipts to attempt to learn the way they had been bought … that is a part of our investigation,” Wagnon stated.
Meredith Davis, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, stated the company is conscious of the case and out there to help if requested.
The madness protection was profitable for Christian Costello, 30, who a decide dominated in April 2018 was not responsible by motive of madness within the 2015 stabbing loss of life of his father, state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
In that case, prosecutors agreed with protection attorneys that Christian Costello was incompetent and each stated it was unlikely he would ever be launched.