AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man faces a life prison sentence after being convicted of fatally stabbing his mother then living in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.
A jury in Akron on Thursday found 33-year-old Michael Petrie guilty of charges including aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Barberton man was accused of killing his 67-year-old mother Maureen Petrie. Prosecutors say he left his mother exactly where he killed her and left two murder weapons — a kitchen knife and a martial arts weapon — near her body.
His attorney said he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was off his medication. A judge had found him mentally competent to stand trial.
He will be sentenced Wednesday.