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

Posted August 15, 2013 12:27 p.m. EDT

— 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.