CROWN POINT — Two court-appointed psychologists determined a 32-year-old man is sufficiently mentally competent to stand trial in the murder of his mother at her Gary home. 

Joseph M. Nelson appeared Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with his attorney Casey McCloskey. 

McCloskey told Judge Diane Boswell the psychologist determined Nelson was mentally ill, but not to the point where he was unable to understand the court proceedings and assist in his defense.

McCloskey said he hoped to resolve the case by the next court hearing, or schedule a trial date. 

A new court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18. 

Nelson is charged with murder on allegations he killed Annie Nelson with a hammer March 1 at the mother's home in the 500 block of Kentucky Street, according to court records. 

Nelson allegedly told police he was not taking his medication for schizophrenia in the days before the murder, records state. 

Reporting like this is brought to you by a staff of experienced local journalists committed to telling the stories of your community. Support from subscribers is vital to continue our mission.

1
2
1
2
1

Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.