- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of his elderly grandmother in Philadelphia earlier this year.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/2nKNwNC ) reports that a municipal judge on Wednesday held 29-year-old Derek Dabney for trial in the Jan. 21 slaying of 70-year-old Geraldine McCoy, who was stabbed 44 times.

Prosecutors played a recorded interview with police in which Dabney is heard saying “She provoked me to do that.”

Detective Brian Peters said Dabney said she wanted him to leave and angered him by waking him several times, so he got a kitchen knife and stabbed her in her bed.

Defense attorney Geoffrey Kilroy asked about his client’s history of mental illness. Peters said he was coherent and didn’t appear under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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