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A Warren man accused of fatally stabbing a 71-year-old man in April has asked a judge to dismiss charges against him because he was insane at the time of the murder.
Patrick L. Heltzel, 20, of Atlantic Street N.E., pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. His attorney, John Juhasz, also filed paperwork that suggested Heltzel is incompetent to stand trial.
Heltzel was arrested in Greensboro, N.C., where he fled following the murder. He is facing two counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated robbery.
An affidavit for his arrest filed by Warren Township acting chief Lt. Don Bishop says Heltzel admitted to killing Milton A. Grumbling III.
The affidavit says Grumbling was found dead by police on April 4 at his 4464 Kincaid East home with multiple stab wounds to his heart and several facial fractures. His torso was bloodied, his dentures broken and a broken remote control was found under Grumbling’s face.
Bishop wrote Heltzel’s father, Larry, filed a police report with Warren police the day before Grumbling was found dead that said Patrick Heltzel was using his father’s vehicle without permission and that the younger Heltzel was “going to kill someone.”
Investigators found Heltzel contacted Grumbling. Heltzel’s father told police his son had “drug problems and mental issues in the past,” the affidavit says.
The day after the murder, the affidavit says, Bishop called Heltzel’s mother’s home in Greensboro. Heltzel told Bishop he knew Grumbling and was at his home the day before officers found Grumbling dead.
Heltzel’s mother then called Bishop crying, the affidavit says. His mother told Bishop after he talked with her son that Patrick told her he “stabbed a guy named Milton.”