Man accused of killing mother could receive inheritance

Man accused of killing mother could receive inheritance

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that a Jackson County chancellor made a mistake disinheriting an Ocean Springs man without deciding whether he willfully killed his mother.

John Armstrong was accused of killing his 80-year-old mother Joan Armstrong on Aug. 7, 2010.

The Ocean Springs Police Department found Joan on the floor of her Front Beach condo in a pool of blood.

Police say she had multiple stab wounds and died of blunt force trauma to the head. Joan was a well-known artist on the Coast.

John was indicted on a murder charge, but was unable to stand trial due to his mental incapacity.

There is no state law on whether an individual deemed too mentally ill to be tried for his or her crime can still inherit from the estate of the victim.

The case is now heading back to Jackson County for a hearing.

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