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Associated Press, Published June 19 2012

Man accused of killing mother delays murder plea

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man accused of battering his mother to death delayed his plea Tuesday on charges of murder and felony theft.

The attorney for Dean Grenstiner says his client is undergoing an independent psychological evaluation. He says Grenstiner should make a plea to the charges within a month.

Greinstiner waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges during a brief court hearing Tuesday.

He's accused of beating his mother to death in her Bismarck home last March, and stealing her new car.

Grenstiner's lawyer, public defender William Mackenzie, says Grenstiner was given an evaluation at the state mental hospital in Jamestown.

Mackenzie says the evaluator concluded Grenstiner had a problem that hadn't been diagnosed before. So the defense lawyer requested an independent exam. Mackenzie didn't specify the problem.

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