On July 16, a 21-year-old man appeared in a Pennsylvania court and was scheduled for trial after he allegedly attacked his grandmother in June. The 13 charges include aggravated assault stemming from three incidents when he supposedly threatened the life of his 70-year-old grandmother and hurt her. He was held with no bail.
She began crying on the witness stand and said that she didn't want to call the authorities to report the crimes that supposedly happened on June 13, 16 and 18. She explained that she wanted him to receive help for his behavior. She explained that on June 16, he wanted to drive her car to his father's residence to do drugs. When she attempted to stop him, he allegedly backhanded her.
The accused man's uncle became concerned about his mother's health and reported the incidents to the police. She had left her home and was staying with a friend because she was afraid for her life. When the uncle confronted the young man, he apparently threatened to kill him as well.
A police officer testified in court that the accused man said that he dreamed of hurting his grandmother, even though he had been told that he had the right to not speak to authorities without legal counsel. During the court hearing, the defense attorney argued for bail and asked that at least one of the charges be dismissed. However, the judge denied the request.
When someone faces accusations of a crime, they may have spoken to law enforcement personnel about their actions before being informed of their legal rights. A criminal defense attorney may be able to review information regarding police action to ensure that their client was told of their right to remain silent when they were taken into custody.
Source: Montgomery Media, "Souderton man to stand trial for allegedly assaulting, threatening to kill his grandmothe", Michael Alan Goldberg, July 23, 2013