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5/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Murder suspect's mental health to be checked
Roger Drake
Roger Drake
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A pair of mental health professionals will evaluate a Yucca man accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother.

Roger Drake, 46, was arrested in February and is accused of killing Carol Drake, 66, and burying her body in a shallow grave.

"My client sees and hears imaginary people," said Ron Gilleo of the Legal Defender's office. Gilleo filed court documents seeking the evaluation.

"He's delusional and not able to understand the seriousness of what's going on. I'm concerned about his mental health. Imaginary people threaten him and tell him to do certain things. That's his full focus."

Drake reportedly has a history of paranoid schizophrenia. He was exceedingly polite in court, thanking Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle after the judge agreed to order the evaluation.

Prosecutors did not object to the evaluation.

The investigation began in mid-February when Mohave County Sheriff's deputies conducted a welfare check on Carol Drake. Relatives from out of state called to report they had not been in contact with the woman for a few weeks, which was entirely out of character.

Neighbors, aware of Roger Drake's illness, had called relatives to report they had not seen the woman for three weeks.

Those neighbors checked on Roger Drake, who reportedly told them he was out of medication and almost out of food.

Deputies spoke with Drake on Feb. 12. He told them his mother was in California, a statement they later learned was untrue.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and discovered Carol Drake's remains in a shallow grave. Meanwhile, Roger Drake self-admitted to Mohave Mental Health in Kingman, where he was arrested.

He reportedly confessed to the crime, telling detectives the "dream police" told him to kill his mother. He said he punched her once and then stabbed her multiple times.

Gilleo chose one doctor and prosecutors chose the other. Carlisle at last week's hearing set a status hearing for May 22.

In addition to first-degree murder charges, Drake faces a felony count of concealment of a body.

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