Indiana man charged in dad’s killing to use insanity defense

AUBURN, Ind. — A northeast Indiana man charged with killing his father plans to use an insanity defense when he goes to trial.

Branston Secrest’s attorney has filed a notice indicating that his client will use an insanity defense because he has a significant history of mental illness.

The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2kCvnQW ) that a DeKalb County judge has appointed two physicians to examine the 20-year-old Secrest.

Authorities say Secrest shot his 45-year-old father, Keith Allen Secrest, 13 times in his Garrett home on Dec. 6.

Police say Secrest then took his parents’ car. He was captured in Fort Wayne following a car and foot chase.

Court records indicate that Secrest told police he shot his father because his father had accused him of stealing a dirt bike and was choking him.

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