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Sanity motion denied for man accused of killing grandmother

Last Modified: Friday, October 05, 2012 7:12 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A state district court judge denied a sanity commission request from a Lake Charles man accused of killing his grandmother in 2009.

Carl Webb Jr., 35, is to stand trial Oct. 22 on a charge of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Webb killed his 75-year-old grandmother, Helen Webb.

Judge Clayton Davis said he denied the motion because the case is two years old and because Webb has previously been through a jury trial (on weapons charges).

Defense attorney Michael McHale was assigned the case in August when he became the Public Defender’s Office’s life-without-parole conflict attorney.

He said conversations with Webb led him to have “serious reservations” about his client’s mental health.

“Why no one has asked for this before, I have no idea,” McHale told the court.

Webb is expected back in court Friday for a motion on whether evidence related to other crimes can be heard.

In April, Webb was found guilty of illegal weapons possession — three counts of possessing stolen firearms and one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

As a four-time felon, Webb was sentenced to 65 years in prison by Davis.

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