Is It Possible to Mount a Legitimate Defense for a Crime Perceived as Particularly Heinous?
Because of the frequency with which intra-familial crimes occur, the unthinkable has become hard to deny. A few days ago, an inconceivable act once again occurred, this time in Nassau County, New York. As far as the case has been deciphered so far, a middle-aged daughter with a history of serious psychiatric illness stabbed her 79-year-old mother to death with a kitchen knife. The deadly argument apparently concerned the daughter's ongoing medical problems and treatment. This is not an uncommon cause of family disputes, particularly where mental illness and/or substance abuse are involved.
The victim, described as a "loving grandmother and neighbor" died of her multiple stab wounds .
The daughter, an attorney herself, who does not have any criminal background, called the police to report the assault and was later taken into custody. A weapon was recovered at the scene and an autopsy is being performed.
The daughter, the mother of three college-aged children, has been described by her attorney as "very distraught" and "a very decent person" in spite of the terrible act she committed. No doubt the daughter's extensive and serious psychiatric history will be part of her defense.
Criminal behavior is, unfortunately, part of life, whether committed by strangers or family members. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a criminal offense, please contact our caring and competent attorneys at Ianniello Anderson where we have been successfully defending clients in Albany, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Troy and the entirety of Northeastern NY for over 40 years. We can be reached at (518) 350.7755.