A 19-year-old man from the Woodstock area has been found fit to stand trial for second-degree murder.
Kyle Edmund Scott is accused of killing Sarah Kennedy, 82, who was found dead in her Richmond Corner home on Oct. 5.
Scott appeared in court on Wednesday after undergoing a 30-day assessment at the Restigouche Hospital Centre for psychiatric care in Campbellton.
The report found he "did not suffer from mental disorders so as to exclude him from criminal responsibility," the courtroom heard.
Scott, whose hands were cuffed and feet were shackled, showed no emotion.
A preliminary inquiry has been scheduled for Jan. 31 to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial.
Scott was arrested hours after Kennedy's body was discovered. Police said he was apprehended driving Kennedy's vehicle, which had been stolen from her home.
Police have not disclosed the cause of death.