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Man accused of double homicide to pursue psychiatric defense

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 11/5/19

The defense attorney for double homicide suspect Naythen A. Aubain confirmed in County Court this morning that he will be pursuing a psychiatric defense. Aubain, 29, of Utica, was recently ruled …

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Man accused of double homicide to pursue psychiatric defense

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The defense attorney for double homicide suspect Naythen A. Aubain confirmed in County Court this morning that he will be pursuing a psychiatric defense.

Aubain, 29, of Utica, was recently ruled mentally fit to stand trial after spending most of the year undergoing mental health treatment. Aubain and his attorney, Public Defender Adam Tyksinski, appeared briefly before County Court Judge Robert L. Bauer this morning, and Tyksinski confirmed before the judge that he will be pursuing a psychiatric defense for Aubain.

Judge Bauer adjourned the case to Dec. 4 so that Tyksinski could have his client evaluated by psychiatric professionals.

Aubain is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of attempted first-degree murder, fourth-degree mischief and torture to an animal. Police said Aubain killed his 90-year-old grandmother, Katerine Aubain, and their 87-year-old landlord, Jane Wentka, sometime prior to Jan. 6 at their home on Tilden Avenue in Utica.

Police said Aubain mutilated the bodies and buried his grandmother in a shallow grave in Clayville. Authorities said Aubain also killed Wentka’s pet dog.

He was taken into custody following a motor vehicle accident on Jan. 6.

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