Evaluation: Grabe insane

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Insane.

That's the finding of state doctors in the case of a Grand Junction man who pleaded guilty to killing his son.

52–year–old Allen Grabe faced a judge this morning.

The courts would not release Allen Grabe's full mental health evaluation citing privacy laws but prosecutors shared details this morning about the doctor's conclusions.

In January, Grabe pleaded guilty by reason of insanity to shooting his 13–year–old autistic son while he was sleeping.

Prosecutors say doctors at the state hospital in Pueblo found Grabe was insane and has a disease or defect that does not allow him to form a culpable mental state.

In a statement from doctors they said Grabe felt the shooting was a mercy killing because he thought his son would be better off in Heaven.

The state's conclusion differed from the defense's evaluation.

That evaluation said Grabe was insane but for a different reason. They said he could form a culpable mental state but didn't know the difference between right and wrong.

Because of that conflict prosecutors want more analysis.

A judge agreed so Grabe is headed back to Pueblo for another examination at the state hospital.

Until then he's being held in the Mesa County Jail on a $1 million bond.
The next hearing is scheduled for the end of July.

Tonight at 5:30 p.m. on 11 News, an exclusive interview about what's next in the case and why it's so rare.


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