A 21-year-old Grand Falls man has been charged with murdering his mother and the attempted murder of his father.
Rock LaForest appeared in court in Grand Falls on Monday to face the charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with an incident involving a "blunt instrument" at a home late Friday night.
He was sent for a 30-day psychiatric assessment at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton. He is slated to return to court on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m.
LaForest declined to comment as he was led from the courthouse by sheriff's deputies. "No, nothing to say," he said.
LaForest was arrested late Friday in connection with the death of Murielle LaForest, 53, and injuries to Jacques LaForest, 57.
About 20 family and friends packed the courtroom for Monday's appearance, including some of Murielle LaForest's sisters.
They say they are devastated.
They come from a large family — 13 children from the town of Drummond — and she was one of a set triplets.
Jacques LaForest, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, was also in court.
Grand Falls acting Police Chief Rosaire Leclerc had this to say about his recovery.
"As you pretty well know, these types of incidents do take a toll on the mental side of things and emotional side of things," said Leclerc. "The individual has been advised that there are additional resources out there that can help him."
Grand Falls police responded to a 911 call from a home on Tobique Road around midnight on Friday.
A 57-year-old man, who was injured in the attack,placed the call for help and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A 53-year-old woman died at the scene despite attempts to resuscitate her.
Leclerc said on Saturday the suspect in the case was the son of the couple.
Two axes were seized at the scene but Leclerc would not say whether either of them was used in the attack.
In the initial news release about the incident, police said a knife was used. At a news conference Monday, Leclerc said a "blunt instrument" was used.
Leclerc said the slaying was an isolated incident and there is no concern for the general public.