CROWN POINT | A Calumet Township man accused of murdering his 94-year-old mother publicly rejected a plea deal Monday for the third time.
Free on bond, George Knezevic, 61, had been given until Monday to consider pleading guilty to a felony that carries a maximum sentence of eight years.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. tried to make clear to Knezevic the risks of going to trial April 8. If convicted of murder, Knezevic faces between 45 and 65 years in prison.
On Monday, Stefaniak tried to determine whether Knezevic was able to stand trial and assist in his defense.
Court records state when police were called to the home Knezevic shared with his mother in October 2010, they found the woman in pain, bruised, unable to speak and wearing wet clothes in the trash-filled house.