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Man admits to chopping up grandmother, landlady in Utica

Naythen Aubai Naythen Aubai | Photo: WKTV.

January 09, 2019 12:49 PM

A 29-year-old Utica man is charged in the heinous murders of his 90-year-old grandmother and their 87-year-old landlord.

Naythen Aubain was arraigned Tuesday night at the Oneida County Correctional Facility's court room.

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More than a dozen police officers ushered Aubain into court with his head covered by a spit shield.

Reporters asked him why he killed the elderly women at their east Utica home last Sunday. He responded, "In the name of Jesus Christ."

He made an even more disturbing statement while in court, saying quote "I did do it. I chopped her up. I chopped up the landlady too."

Aubain's public defender, Adam Tyksinski, requested a mental evaluation, which was granted.

"I can imagine he's probably very scared. Sometimes people say things to try to act as if they're in control of the moment, even though they are not," Tyksinski  said. "We really can't take a step to begin breaking this case down until we can figure out whether he's helping himself right now, he understands what's going on, or he's assisting himself or he's not."

It may take up to a month to receive the results of Aubain's psychiatric exam.

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