Man accused of killing mother may be moved to new facility

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A man accused of killing his mother in 1993 appeared in court on Wednesday for his annual review hearing.

Patrick Kavanaugh, 40, was originally charged with killing his mother in Bellevue but was found to be incompetent to stand trial.

He spent about 15 years at Mayview State Hospital before he was released in 2008 when the facility closed.

Mr. Kavanaugh now resides at Pioneer Long-Term Structured Residence in Brookline.

At the hearing before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning, Mr. Kavanaugh’s caseworker asked that he be permitted to put his client on a two-year waiting list to get into an unlocked intellectual disability facility where he would receive services for mild-to-moderate mental retardation.

Assistant district attorney Lisa Pellegrini had no objection but did ask that another hearing be held prior to any change in placement.

Judge Manning agreed.

“He’s been perfectly compliant with all the instructions,” the judge said.

Mr. Kavanaugh was originally charged with criminal homicide in the case, but the district attorney’s office withdrew the count in April 2004.


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