SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The trial of a Detroit man accused of killing his father last year will begin later this month.
Angelo Licata, 34, pleaded not guilty to murdering 63-year-old Alfred Licata Sr. on July 21, 2011. He faces a minimum of 25 years in prison and maximum sentence of life if convicted.
Licata has chosen to waive his right to a jury trial, and instead a judge will decide his fate in a bench trial beginning on June 25.
Two weeks ago, a judge ruled that claims of abuse by Licata’s father will be permissible during the trial, according to The Associated Press.
Attorneys Peter Barnett and Frank Griffin are representing Licata. Barnett said his client would prefer he not talk with the media before the trial.
In April, Barnett filed a motion to have statements Licata made to police suppressed.
Two months ago, Barnett argued that Licata turned himself in to Waterville police and “was taking the Fifth, and that police should have honored his rights,” according to Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson.
Benson countered that because Licata was not in custody and was free to leave, police did not have to read him his Miranda rights.
Authorities went to the home of Alfred Licata Sr. at 14 Ham Hill Road in Cambridge after his wife Arlene dialed 911 from a neighbor’s house on July 21.
According to a state police affidavit written by Maine State Police Detective Bryant Jacques, Arlene Licata was upstairs in her two-story house when she heard banging and screaming on the first floor and subsequently saw “blood all over the kitchen,” the affidavit said.
Somerset County sheriff’s deputies found Alfred Licata’s body on his lawn. He appeared to have suffered blunt-force trauma to the head during the incident, according to the reports. Police have not said what was used as a weapon.
The affidavit filed by Jacques stated that Angelo Licata later went to a friend’s house in Waterville. He was crying and upset and told his friend that he had killed his father.
The state’s motion for forensic evaluation stated that, according to members of Licata’s family, Angelo Licata “has a long history of mental illness, including Bipolar disorder. They further state that the defendant recently appeared to be hearing voices.”
The motion continued, “In an interview with the Maine State Police, the defendant claimed, as it relates to his motive for having caused the death of his father, that ‘God’ had told him to do it.”