Prosecutors have charged a 52-year-old Oklahoma man with first-degree murder in the death of his 77-year-old mother.
Prosecutors filed the charges Monday against Gerald David Hume in the death of Janet Hume. Officers arrested Hume on Nov. 14 after an 11-hour standoff in Oklahoma City.
Warning: The following details in Hume's case are graphic.
Authorities say the standoff began when Gerald Hume refused to open the door for officers conducting a welfare check. Police say authorities found Janet Hume dead inside the home when they entered.
Prosecutors said Hume cut off his mom's arms and legs when the body began to rot.
"We have charged him with desecration of a body for dismembering his mother and placing parts of her in freezer bags and into a freezer," Cleveland County district attorney Greg Mashburn said.
According to court records, "During negotiations with police, Hume stated he had shot his mother in the chest."
Gerald Hume lived with his mom because he suffered from a mental illness. His mental status will be a critical factor in deciding how the case goes forward.
"I do anticipate some mental issues at play in this case," Mashburn said.
"If he did not understand right from wrong, or understand the consequences of his acts, he is unfit to go to trial," attorney Garvin Isaacs said.
Isaacs is not connected to the case but said if Gerald Hume is found incompetent, an insanity defense could be raised at trial.
Still, the district attorney said he believes Gerald Hume tried to deny police access to the home because he wanted to avoid arrest.
That's a sign he may not be legally insane.
"In other words, if he was trying to avoid detection, he knew it was wrong and didn't want to get caught for it," Mashburn said.
"This man would not allow people in the house," Isaacs said. "That is evidence that he knew the acts he committed were wrong."
The medical examiner's office said the Janet Hume died of multiple gunshots.
Gerald Hume was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of desecration of a human corpse and two counts of feloniously pointing a weapon. He remains jailed without bond and court records do not list an attorney.
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