On Wednesday, District Associate Judge Emily Dean held the preliminary hearing of 29year-old Garrett S. Selters, a Burlington, Iowa resident accused of bludgeoning his mother to death during a psychotic episode. The man was arrested on Tuesday morning after he told the police that the voices inside his head ordered him to murder his mother. The murder weapon, a Les Paul electric guitar, was discovered at the scene.
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According to the Selters case police record, on Tuesday morning, a woman, later identified as 56-year-old Linda Selters, called 911 and asked the 911 operator to sent law enforcement agents to her Lincoln Street home, like Garrett, her son had a schizophrenic episode and that she couldn’t handle him on her own.
Paramedics and law enforcement officers arrived at the indicated address after several minutes. Upon reaching the location, the authorities sighted an individual, Garrett Selters, pacing up and down in front of the Lincoln Street house.
Visibly distressed, the individual confessed that he had murdered his mother. More than that, the man admitting to hearing a high-pitched voice before the killing occurred, which he described as resembling a little girl’s voice. He also claimed hearing chainsaws.
Inside Selters’ apartment, the first responders found Linda lying on the floor, with a bleeding injury on the back of her head. The woman was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she was pronounced dead several hours later after being taken off the life-support machines.
A crime scene investigation revealed that the Iowa resident, whom authorities believe to be suffering from schizophrenia, hit his mother in the back of her head with the base of a Les Paul electric guitar.
If found guilty, the Iowa man could spend the rest of his days behind bars.
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