Psych evaluation order: alleged mom-killer

A teenage boy accused of murdering his mother may have been legally insane at the time, his...

A teenage boy accused of murdering his mother may have been legally insane at the time, his soon-to-be lawyer said Thursday. (Fotolia Image)

Kevin Martin, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

A teenage boy accused of murdering his mother may have been legally insane at the time, his soon-to-be lawyer said Thursday.

Defense counsel Rebecca Snukal said once she is officially retained to represent the teen, she will seek a mental-health assessment for the accused.

"I have some concerns about (his) fitness," Snukal told youth court Judge Steven Lipton.

Lipton asked the lawyer whether she will be seeking an assessment on whether the accused is unfit to stand trial, or whether he was not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder at the time of the offense.

"I think both of them," Snukal said.

The 16-year-old, who faces a charge of second-degree murder, did not address the court as a large group of family members, including his grandmother, sat in the courtroom gallery.

In the hallway outside the courtroom, the woman — whose grandson stands charged in her daughter's death — cried into the arms of another relative after the case was adjourned.

The accused was charged after police found a woman dead inside an Albert Park home on Saturday.

Cops were approached by a person concerned about the welfare of a neighbour before finding the deceased in her own residence.

Police have not released the cause of death.

The accused remains in custody pending an unscheduled bail hearing.

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