Son could face death penalty for mom's murder

William Patrick Walsh
William Patrick Walsh

(WMC-TV) – The Memphis man charged with stabbing his mother to death has a new court date.

William Walsh was ordered to be back before a judge June 6.

"It's kind of the beginning of the journey," public defender Gerald Skahan, who was appointed defend Walsh. "We'll start looking into the case and have a mental evaluation done and see what we learn."

Skahan said he's decided to not ask for a bond for his client right now.

"I imagine that he is in a cell by himself… most people on the medical floor are, but you know, they are taking good care of him in the jail and I'm sure he's behaving himself."

Walsh has been in jail since Saturday, April 21, the day his mother Elaine Walsh was found stabbed to death on a sofa in her home.

Walsh and his mother got into an argument about loud noises he was making, according to a police report. While his father, attorney Kevin Walsh, slept in another room, the son attacked his mother with a knife, investigators say.

Skahan said that several of Walsh's supporters were in court Monday, but they didn't comment publicly on the case.

If he's convicted of first degree murder, Walsh could be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.

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