Father who shot son will stand trial

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

A Grand Junction man accused of shooting his own son to death will be going to trial.

Alan Grabe is accused of shooting his 13–year-old son nine times as he slept.

He has pleaded guilty by reason of insanity.

Grabe has not been through three mental evaluations.

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.

The third evaluation was completed in late August and the DA’s Office says the results of it are different from the first two.

An official with the District Attorney’s Office says three doctor’s evaluations came to one of three different conclusions.

Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubenstein says, “Legally there are different conclusions that a doctor can come up with on an insanity evaluation, whether the person is sane or not, and then if the doctor determines the person's insane, whether they're unable to form a culpable mental state or unable to know the difference between right and wrong.”

The District Attorney’s Office won’t release which conclusions were reached by which doctors.

The trial is now set for late March and is expected to last for three weeks.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    This article is full of typos. First of all, it says Grabe is pleading "guilty by reason of insanity". Then it says he has "not been through three mental evaluations", which in fact, he has, which is clear in the rest of the article. This article is poorly and unprofessionally written. It's a good thing that KJCT also reported it so that we could get an accurate story.
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