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Teen Murder May Be Blamed on Acne Meds, Defense Hints

Teen Murder May Be Blamed on Acne Meds, Defense Hints
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By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:59 PM

Attorneys for a teen who murdered a woman last year in Colorado hinted that they may blame an acne drug for the crime.

Aiden von Grabow, 15, is accused of stabbing Makayla Grote, 20, to death in November 2017, the Denver Post reported. During a hearing on Friday, Grabow's attorneys said they planned to call as a witness a psychiatrist known for studying the side effects of Accutane, which Grabow was taking at the time of the murder.

Prosecutors would like to charge Grabow as an adult in the murder and other charges that he planned to kill three more people including Grote's younger sister, the Denver Post reported. A weeklong hearing beginning March 5 will determine whether the case can be moved from juvenile court.

During Friday's hearing, Boulder Deputy District Attorney Adrian Van Nice objected to psychiatrist Dr. Doug Brenner's testimony along with that of other witnesses, the Denver Post reported.

Judge Andrew MacDonald agreed that Brenner's testimony was not relevant to the transfer hearing, but he could still be called to testify in the trial itself.

Police believe Grabow intended to kill Grote's younger sister first, but attacked her instead when she answered the door, the Denver Post reported.

There has been debate for years in the medical and psychiatric community about whether Accutane causes aggression and psychological symptoms like psychosis, the Times-Call reported.

A 2009 jury in Pennsylvania rejected a defense that blamed Accutane in the fatal stabbing of a cheerleader by an 18-year-old boy in 2007, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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