- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

VINTON, Va. (AP) - A judge has ordered a new psychiatric evaluation for a Vinton man accused of beheading his mother.

Twenty-nine-year-old Dean Austin Selbe is charged with first-degree murder. An evaluation conducted at Central State Hospital in March found that Selbe was competent to stand trial.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1uAZWb0 ) reports that Selbe’s lawyer, Michael Massey, requested the new evaluation. Massey told Roanoke County Circuit Court Judge James Swanson on Tuesday that Selbe’s mental state has since deteriorated.

Police say Selbe’s mother, 55-year-old Karen J. Selbe, was found dead in her apartment in Vinton on Jan. 26. Her head had been severed from her body.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com


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