Defense: Mental illness in Pa. mother's slaying

SKIPPACK, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says a suburban Philadelphia man accused of having killed his mother and then walking into a police station to confess was mentally ill.

The (Lansdale) Reporter ( ) says attorney Robert Adshead told a judge in Montgomery County on Wednesday that 54-year-old Warren Pennick's actions stemmed from the paranoid schizophrenia with which he has been afflicted since childhood.

Adshead said Pennick thought erroneously that their home was falling apart, they were going to be homeless and he had to save his mother — "and in his mind, saving her was taking her life."

Pennick is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the Halloween slaying of 79-year-old Lorraine Pennick in their Lansdale home. A district judge on Wednesday held all charges for trial in county court.


Information from: The Reporter,

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