- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of his mother last year.

The Burlington County Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Km0Mz6 ) public defender Kevin Walker entered the plea Monday on behalf of 45-year-old Herbert Rowlette. Walker says he intends to pursue an insanity defense and says the Pemberton Township man will undergo a mental health evaluation.

Prosecutors say Roweltte called police in June 2014 to report that a killing occurred in the home he shared with his mother. Officers found 71-year-old Maryanne Rowlette lying on the living room floor.

The Burlington County medical examiner ruled that she died from blunt trauma and compression of the head and neck.

A status conference is set for July 20.

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Information from: Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.), http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com

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