WARREN - Attorneys for a West Farmington man accused of killing his mother's boyfriend have filed a motion to have a mental health expert test their client's competency.
Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan scheduled the next pre-trial for Thomas Starr on Sept. 10.
A psychologist from a state forensic center will meet with Starr in the meantime.
Starr, 28, of Greenville Road, was named in a superceding indictment last week that changed his charge from murder to aggravated murder.
Starr, who is held in lieu of $1 million bond, confessed to a police dispatcher when he was still at large and wandering through the woods June 22. He was arrested later that day in connection with the stabbing death of Jeffrey Westfall, 53, of Southington.
Investigators found Westfall dead near the front porch of his home on state Route 305 with his throat slashed.
Starr's mother, Lisa Frye, 46, also was found stabbed, but alive, on the road on Route 305, three-quarters of a mile west of U.S. Route 422. Frye lived in the home with Westfall. She was flown by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital.
Starr was initially charged with the felony murder, but after hearing additional evidence, the grand jury determined that Westfall's death was premeditated and increased Starr's charges to aggravated murder, which call for prior calculation and design in the killing.
If convicted, Starr could face 20, 25, or 30 years to life in prison or life without parole.