Grabe sanity report due next month, court told

Attorneys in the case of accused child murderer Allen Grabe told a judge Wednesday they expect to have a state hospital report on Grabe’s sanity by mid-May.

Grabe, who is awaiting an evaluation at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, is scheduled to return to court in Mesa County on June 10.

Grabe, 51, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in January to the charge of first-degree murder of his 13-year-old son, Jacob, at the family’s Pear Park home in September.

Allen Grabe also is charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Officials at the Pueblo hospital said overcrowded conditions and a bed shortage had delayed Grabe’s evaluation. District Judge Brian Flynn had scheduled a deadline of April 15 to complete the evaluation.

The prosecution and defense could appeal and hire their own experts to evaluate Grabe,
if either side is unhappy with the findings of doctors in Pueblo.

State judicial records suggest successful insanity defenses are rare in Colorado. Between fiscal years 2003 and 2008, Colorado juries returned just one verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the Colorado Judicial Branch.


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