- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A woman found dead in her Long Island bedroom last month died from repeated blows to her head with an ax, and authorities and court documents revealed Friday that the woman’s 24-year-old son is suspected of killing her.

Sean Farrell of Medford was ordered held without bail following his arrest Thursday on second-degree murder charges.

The unemployed man wore a white jumpsuit and appeared nervous as he shuffled his feet back and forth during a brief proceeding in Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip. His court-appointed attorney requested that Farrell be placed on suicide watch while he is held in jail awaiting trial.

The attorney, Daniel Russo, said he had just been assigned to the case and met his client briefly. He said he believed Farrell suffers from some sort of schizophrenic condition.

Authorities have released few details since 45-year-old Bonnie Farrell was found dead in her bedroom on Dec. 9. She had suffered a head injury, was discovered by her husband and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

At Friday’s arraignment, authorities disclosed their suspicions Sean Farrell used an ax to kill his mother. Authorities have yet to release details about a motive or what may have preceded the killing.

Farrell’s husband, Eric Connelly, 47, attended the arraignment but declined to speak with reporters.

A court document includes a statement from Bonnie Farrell’s mother, Letitia Dunn, who said her grandson called her on Dec. 15 from what she believed was Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

Sean told he was scared and confessed. He told me he killed his mom, my daughter, and that he was selfish and should have killed himself,” Dunn told detectives in a statement on Dec. 16. In the statement, Dunn said her grandson was crying and asked about his two younger brothers. She told him to tell his doctors what he had done.

She said she then began crying and he hung up the phone.

Dunn’s husband Eugene told reporters at his home on Friday that his grandson had been treated for schizophrenia but had recently stopped taking his medication after another physician changed his diagnosis.

“It’s a double tragedy,” Dunn said. “We’ve lost two people, not just one. Schizophrenia is something that people out to be aware of. It’s a very dangerous disease and it should be taken much more seriously.”

Russo said his client had no criminal record. He declined to characterize the type of relationship between the mother and her son.

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