Man accused of murdering grandmother ordered to undergo evaluation

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A mental health evaluation has been ordered for the Utica man accused of setting his grandmother on fire.

Andre J. Anderson, 23, was arraigned before County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer on Monday on two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of first and second-degree arson. A not guilty plea was entered on Anderson’s behalf.

Dwyer adjourned the case to April 8 so that Anderson could be evaluated by medical professionals, to see if he is mentally competent to understand the charges against him and proceed with the case. Anderson is being held in county jail without bail.

Police said Anderson attacked his 68-year-old grandmother, Freddie McKinney, with a knife at her West Street residence at about 8:50 p.m. Jan. 20. Police said Anderson also set his grandmother on fire before he left, along with setting the house on fire. Police said the grandmother was hospitalized for multiple burns, then died several days later at University Hospital in Syracuse.

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