Man accused of murdering his mother appears in court

William Patrick Walsh / Courtesy of Shelby County Jail
William Patrick Walsh / Courtesy of Shelby County Jail
Elaine Walsh
Elaine Walsh

(WMC-TV) – Wearing jail clothes, William Walsh stood silently as a judge reminded him and the court of his first degree murder charge.

The case is being handled in domestic violence court, since Walsh is accused of murdering his own mother, Elaine.

Prosecutor Karen Cook says Walsh's behavior and demeanor in court caused her to ask that the 22-year-old undergo a mental evaluation.

"Just watching the defendant as he interacted with the court, I felt it was best that we go ahead and get a mental evaluation to get the ball rolling," said Cook.

According to a police affidavit, Walsh stabbed his mother to death.

Officers were called to the family's east Memphis home at about 6 a.m. Saturday. John Walsh, the victim's husband, told police about a 1 a.m. confrontation the couple had with their son about noise he was making in the early hours.

John Walsh, who is a Memphis attorney, said his son later woke him up and told him he had killed his mother.

If found guilty, William Walsh could face life in prison, life without parole, or the death penalty.

A memorial service for Elaine Walsh will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church. Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

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