Son charged with mother’s death in Maine

Posted Aug. 27, 2009, at 11:12 a.m.
Kenneth McDonald, left, makes an initial appearance with attorney James Mooney in front of Judge Charles Dow via video conference in the Kennebec County Correctional Facility library on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 in Augusta, Maine. Judge Dow ordered both a psychiatric and a psychological evaluation of McDonald who is accused of murdering his mother Janice McDonald in their home in North Monmouth, Maine on Monday Aug. 24, 2009. Kennebec County Sheriff Randy Liberty watches the hearing at far right.  (AP Photo/Kennebec Journal, Joe Phelan)
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Kenneth McDonald, left, makes an initial appearance with attorney James Mooney in front of Judge Charles Dow via video conference in the Kennebec County Correctional Facility library on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 in Augusta, Maine. Judge Dow ordered both a psychiatric and a psychological evaluation of McDonald who is accused of murdering his mother Janice McDonald in their home in North Monmouth, Maine on Monday Aug. 24, 2009. Kennebec County Sheriff Randy Liberty watches the hearing at far right. (AP Photo/Kennebec Journal, Joe Phelan)

MONMOUTH, Maine — A judge has ordered a Monmouth man who’s charged with murdering his 80-year-old mother to undergo psychiatric and psychological evaluations.

Forty-three-year-old Kenneth McDonald made his initial court appearance in Waterville District Court on Wednesday. Judge Charles Dow ordered the evaluations and that McDonald be held in jail pending a bail hearing. No plea was entered.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says state police filed an affidavit which says Janice McDonald died of multiple sharp force trauma. It says knives covered with what appeared to be blood were found in the kitchen and bathroom sink.

Janice McDonald’s body was found in her home by relatives Monday afternoon.

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