Overcrowding at state hospital delays Grabe trial

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

Crowding at a state mental health hospital on the Front Range is delaying a murder trial here in Mesa County.

Prosecutors are still waiting on a third doctor's evaluation before they move forward with their case against Allan Grabe.

Grabe is accused of shooting his 13–year–old son nine times.

He has pleaded guilty by reason of insanity.

The state hospital wrote to prosecutors that they did not have enough room at the hospital to get the evaluation done in time for this month's deadline.

But now they've set a new deadline of September 18.

Grabe has been through two evaluations already, with varying results.

Prosecutors say state doctors believe Grabe did not know what he was doing when he murdered his son.

But an evaluation by the defense said Grabe did know what he was doing, but did not know it was wrong.

Grabe is being held on a $1 million bond.

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