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Insanity defense for man who killed mom on Mother's Day

Posted August 15, 2013

— The Wake Forest man charged with shooting his mother on Mother's Day 2012 is being evaluated at Central Regional Hospital, his lawyers told a judge Thursday.

Police found Jo Dean Timberlake, 82, dead of a gunshot wound inside her home at 812 Durham Road. Her son, Ricky Arlen Timberlake was in the home and unresponsive when police arrived.

In applying for a search warrant, Wake Forest police noted that Ricky Timberlake showed "obvious signs of an attempted suicide by overdose."

His lawyers said Ricky Timberlake rejected a plea deal, and they will proceed with a defense that he was legally insane or had diminished capacity at the time of his mother's death. 


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  • outhousecat Aug 15, 2013

    Nautidog - I think airbornemonty's trying to show that the son had a rational progression of thoughts and he was thinking fairly logically. Both of these are generally missing in the disorganized mind of someone who meets the legal criteria for the insanity defense.

  • buckskin022 Aug 15, 2013

    They are all "insane at the time of death". If found guilty--bye, bye....

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Aug 15, 2013

    If Timberlake attempted suicide after murdering his mother indicates that he was in control of his faculties so an insanity plea would be moot.


    Sooooo you're saying that people are in control of their faculties while trying to terminate their existence before OR after killing their own mother? And you're saying you're 100% positive he OD'd AFTER killing his mother, not giving the slim chance she could have walked in while/after he OD'd gave him an earful and he snapped? I'm not defending any of his actions in the least but you're assuming an awful lot

  • airbornemonty Aug 15, 2013

    If Timberlake attempted suicide after murdering his mother indicates that he was in control of his faculties so an insanity plea would be moot.

  • lovinOBX Aug 15, 2013

    Could he have been trying to kill himself, and she stopped him-so he killed her? Don't know the details of this one.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 15, 2013

    I do not care if he is insane or not. If he committed this crime and is convicted, then he should be removed from the planet. We need to actually implement the death penalty. I would allow 1 year to allow for ONE appeal. Assuming no appeal is mounted, then on day 366 the execution takes place.

  • golorealist Aug 15, 2013

    the facts seem to line up with it being a mercy killing. not that that makes it right (or, wrong, necessarily), and that he was so attached to his mother that he couldn't live without her.

  • outhousecat Aug 15, 2013

    I'm pretty sure that his attempted OD after killing his mom shows that he was rational, realized that he was in a world of trouble, and tried to end it before he faced the consequences.

    But I could be wrong, too. Does this guy have previous psych treatment?

    And if found not guilty by reason of insanity, he can still be released back into the community eventually. If Michael Hayes, who killed a slew of innocent victims back in the early 80's, can be released, so can this guy or anybody else.

    Time to change our laws, folks.