Plea deal in works for Richard DeLeeuw in Lafferty slaying

Richard DeLeeuw has been in jail since being arrested in connection with the death of Linda Lafferty almost year ago in Hay River.

A man accused of murdering his mother is working toward a plea deal with prosecutors.

Richard DeLeeuw has been in jail since being arrested in connection with the death of Linda Lafferty almost year ago in Hay River.

Neighbours say Lafferty was stabbed.

DeLeeuw appeared by videoteleconference in a Yellowknife courtroom yesterday.

His lawyer, Tom Boyd, said both he and the prosecutor have reviewed psychiatric reports on whether DeLeeuw can be held criminally responsible for his mother's death.

DeLeeuw had been diagnosed with psychological problems.

But Boyd said he and the prosecutor are talking about DeLeeuw pleading to a lesser offence than the second degree murder charge he is facing.

His case will be back in court on October 15th.

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