Accused killer to undergo evaluation


The Utica man accused of killing both his grandmother and his landlord will undergo a mental health examination on two counts of first-degree murder.

Naythen A. Aubain, age 29, appeared for arraignment at the Central Unified Court at the county jail Tuesday evening, after he was released from the hospital, police said. A not guilty plea was entered on Aubain’s behalf by the Public Defender’s Office, and he was sent to county jail without bail.

Aubain’s case was adjourned to undergo a mental health evaluation to determine if his case can proceed in criminal court.

According to reports, Aubain was heard saying, “I did do it. I chopped her up” at his court appearance Tuesday evening.

Aubain had been scheduled to make his first appearance in Utica City Court this morning, but that appearance was adjourned to Feb. 11.

A charge of first-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Police said Aubain murdered and mutilated both his grandmother, 90-year-old Katerine Aubain, and his landlord, 87-year-old Jane Wentka, sometime on Sunday at their residence at 1147 Tilden Ave. Aubain lived at the residence with his grandmother.

Authorities said Aubain cut up the bodies of his victims. Authorities said pieces of Wentka’s body were found both inside the residence and outside, on nearby Pond Lane. Authorities said Katerine Aubain’s body was found buried in a shallow grave in a secluded park area in Clayville, several miles away.

Aubain was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. Sunday after his motor vehicle crashed on Bleecker Street. Comments that Aubain made to rescue personnel following the accident led investigators to Tilden Avenue, authorities stated.

Aubain was placed into a medically-induced coma at a local hospital following the accident. Authorities said he was taken out of the coma and released to police custody Tuesday evening.

Police said the double homicide remains under investigation.

Police said Aubain had previously been charged in February 2018 with attacking and choking his grandmother. That case was eventually transferred to a mental health court. According to state records, Aubain also previously served roughly five years in state prison between 2008 and 2016 on a charge of robbery. He was released on April 8, 2016 after serving his maximum sentence, records show.


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