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.