Court Reviews Mental State Of Man Accused Of Strangling Mother To Death

A Corning man will continue to be locked up in a state mental hospital after again being deemed incompetent to stand trial for the murder of his mother. On October 8th of last year, Corning Police were sent to a home on Marty Court off Marguerite Avenue to check on the welfare of 55-year-old Angelika Deno. A neighbor had called after Angelika’s son, 32-year-old Erik Deno, had come to her door acting strangely. He asked if “Waldo” was home and she said she didn’t know a Waldo. He then asked if he could talk to Jesus and said he needed help and was rambling about hiding a body. When he left, she called 9-1-1. When officers went to the house nobody answered the door and they eventually forced entry into the home. Erik was found in a bedroom and he reportedly became combative and was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Shortly afterward, officers found the body of his mother in the trash bin outside. She had been strangled to death. Erik reportedly said he had killed a woman who was squatting in the house, never acknowledging she was his mother. He’s been charged with first degree murder but has not entered a plea because he was declared mentally incompetent and has been in a mental facility. In December a judge ordered Deno moved to a state hospital, where he’ll begin a regimen of anti-psychotic drugs. His case was reviewed by the court again Thursday, but his mental state has apparently not stabilized. If it ever does, he may be brought back to Tehama County to face a murder trial. Otherwise he might remain institutionalized for the rest of his life.


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