June 24, 2018
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Detroit man accused of killing father ‘appeared to be hearing voices,’ family said

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Detroit man charged with killing his father pleaded not guilty Thursday morning during his arraignment in Somerset County Superior Court.

Angelo Licata, 33, is charged with intentional or knowing murder and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the Class A charge.

Authorities went to the home of 63-year-old 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, 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. She went to the neighbor’s house to call police.

Somerset County sheriff’s deputies who were called discovered Alfred Licata’s body on his lawn.

He appeared to have suffered blunt-force trauma to the head during the incident. Police have not said what was used as a weapon.

Maine State Police Detective Christopher Tremblay interviewed a friend of Angelo Licata in Waterville who said Angelo arrived there around 10:30 that night.

“Licata was crying and upset and told him that he had killed his dad,” reads the affidavit, which was written by Maine State Police Detective Bryant P. Jacques. Angelo Licata was arrested early the next morning at the Waterville Police Department, where he had turned himself in.

On July 26, Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson requested an evaluation of Licata’s mental competence.

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.”

The Attorney General’s Office had no comment Thursday on whether Licata had received a competency evaluation.

The defense team of Peter Barnett and Francis Griffin said they would need more information before requesting a Harnish bail hearing for Licata.

In the meantime, he is being held without bail at the Somerset County Jail in Madison.

Both sides have 90 days to file their motions.

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