Lawyer argues Alberta man not criminally responsible for mother’s death

The lawyer of a man charged in the death of his mother says his client is not criminally responsible.

Alexander James Thorpe pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder today in a Calgary court.

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Thorpe was charged earlier this year after the body of his mother, Melanie Lowen, was found in a home in Airdrie, Alta., north of Calgary, in January.

Police were called when Thorpe was found to be in medical distress at a nearby car dealership.

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Court has heard that two employees of the dealership saw Thorpe walking through the service shop naked, while occasionally holding a cellphone up to his ear.

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When approached, they testified that he appeared confused, told them God loved them and wanted to buy a used car.

Before RCMP arrested him, one employee said dried blood could be seen on Thorpe’s hairline, his hand and his ankle.

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