N.J. man charged with killing mother appears in court handcuffed, on stretcher

By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY — A Bayonne man charged with murdering his mother before jumping out a window and falling four stories will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Michael Metro, 49, was on a stretcher and accompanied by emergency medical technicians when he appeared Monday at his arraignment on charges he murdered Kathleen Metro, 69, in the apartment they shared on East 50th Street on Dec. 31, 2016.

“I do anticipate filing an affirmative defense of insanity,” defense attorney Chris Orriss told Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez during the hearing this morning.

Security was tight at the hearing, as numerous sheriff’s officers were in the courtroom. Metro was not only strapped to the stretcher, but his hands and feet were cuffed as well; the handcuffs were attached to a chain around his waist.

At about 10:50 p.m. on the night of the homicide, police found Michael Metro in the courtyard of the public housing complex with injuries to his upper body. They then noticed his mother’s apartment window was open and found her lifeless body inside the building, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said at the time.

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Source: New Jersey Journal

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