Utica double murder suspect 'unfit' for court Wednesday, psych evaluation ordered
UTICA N.Y. —
The man suspected of "chopping up" his grandmother and another elderly woman was "unfit" to attend a scheduled court appearance Wednesday morning, according to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.
Naythen Aubain, 29, is facing two counts of Murder in the First Degree for the deaths of his grandmother, Katerine Aubain, 90, who he was living with in Utica, and their landlord, Jane Wentka, 87.
He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning so a judge could order follow up hearings. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol told CNYCentral Aubain was "unfit to show up" for the court appearance in part because he refused to use the bathroom. He would not go into further details, but said his office called the court and told them Aubain could not appear.
The judge ordered psychological evaluation for Aubain Wednesday. At his arraignment Tuesday night, Aubain was brought in wearing a spit shield and was forced into a restraining chair during the court proceedings.
He interrupted the judge several times, saying:
I did it. I chopped her up.
I’ll chop anyone up who disrespects Jesus Christ.
Outside of court, he shouted "She tried to touch me sexually," when asked by a CNYCentral reporter if he had anything to say. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara says that claim is hard to believe.
"The allegation that he's making about being sexually-molested seems to be a little bit far-fetched considering we're talking about his grandmother who was 90 years old," McNamara said. "Obviously we'll look into it, but that doesn't really fit into how 90 year-olds behave."
CNYCentral has confirmed months before Aubain allegedly killed his grandmother and landlord Sunday, Aubain was accused of strangling his grandmother in February 2018.
“He grabbed me by my throat with both hands and squeezed preventing me from being able to breathe," she told police in a statement. Naythen Aubain did not serve any jail time for that accusation.
According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Aubain previously served five years in prison, from 2008 to 2013 for robbery, and while in prison, he was convicted of promoting prison contraband for possessing metal weapons. He is currently on parole until 2020.