Defense for teen charged with Longmont murder may point finger at acne medication

Lawyers discuss possible testimony from expert on effects of Accutane

By Mitchell ByarsStaff Writer

POSTED:   02/23/2018 06:48:29 PM MST |

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Aidan von Grabow’s first name. It has been corrected.

Attorneys for the 15-year-old accused of stabbing a Longmont woman to death last year hinted in court Friday that Accutane — an acne-treatment drug that some have linked to erratic behavior — may be cited by the defense in explaining the teen’s alleged actions.

Aidan von Grabow is charged with first-degree murder and 10 other counts in the stabbing death of Makayla Grote on Nov. 18, 2017.

Prosecutors are trying to charge von Grabow as an adult, but because he is under the age of 16, they will have to convince Boulder District Judge Andrew Macdonald to transfer the case out of juvenile court during a weeklong hearing starting on March 5.

Attorneys at that hearing also will argue as to whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.    read more here

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