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Redding man accused of killing his own mother pleads not guilty

A man charged in the brutal murder of his own mother will stand trial in Shasta County.

Posted: Apr 11, 2020 9:54 AM
Updated: Jun 25, 2020 12:00 PM

UPDATE: 11:55 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2020 - A Redding man accused of killing his mother will head to trial, but not until 2021.

Nicholas McKenzie pleaded not guilty again Wednesday, after being held for trial following a preliminary hearing earlier in June. During that preliminary hearing, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for the case against Nicholas to move forward.

He's accused in the stabbing death of 68-year-old Joan McKenzie, in her home on Edgewood Dr. on April 10, 2020. His next trial date was set for January 20, 2021.

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REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police arrested a man on Friday who they say is responsible for the stabbing and death of his 68-year-old mother. 

Officials say this occurred on Friday, April 10, around 4:30 p.m., when officers responded to the 1100 block of Edgewood Drive for what was originally reported as a medical call.

As Officers were traveling to the call, along with medical personnel, updated information provided to ShasCom – 911 made it apparent that a crime had occurred and that a suspect left the area.

Officers say they obtained a suspect description while responding to the call. They located and detained a subject who matched the description nearby. He was identified as Nicholas McKenzie, 32, of Redding.

Officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene and found a victim suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim, identified as Joan McKenzie, 68, of Redding, was transported to a local hospital but later died from her injuries.

Police say during the investigation, they found evidence and witnesses that linked Nicholas McKenzie, the son of victim Joan McKenzie, to the crime.

Nicholas McKenzie was arrested for murder and booked into the Shasta County Jail. He is being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.

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