A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder after his father was struck with a hammer in their northeast Edmonton home.

Aaron Kohler is charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon in the death of William MacLean, 71.

Police were alerted to MacLean’s death when a man approached a patrol officer at 100th Street and Jasper Avenue around 10:45 Tuesday night.

Officers went to the house where they found MacLean’s body in the cellar. An autopsy found that he died of blunt force trauma to his head.

A mental exam was requested during Kohler’s first appearance in court on Wednesday.  He will return to court on Tuesday to enter a plea.