Orange Man Pleads Insanity in Case of Mother's Murder

The young man accused of killing his mother at their home in Orange last summer has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the court.

Timothy Granata was charged with murdering his mother, Claudia Granata, 58, at their house on Wild Rose Drive last July. He was placed on suicide watch and underwent a mental health evaluation in the following months.

Police said Timothy Granata called 911 to report having killed someone the afternoon of July 24, 2014. Investigators arrived to find his mother beaten and stabbed to death. Timothy Granata was 22 years old at the time.

His attorney previously said Timothy Granata was a heavyweight wrestler during his freshman year at Lehigh University and may have taken time off from college to be hospitalized. He could not elaborate on the circumstances.

The Yale School of Medicine lists Timothy Granata's father, Dr. Attilio Granata, as a professor who spent 30 years teaching and practicing medicine at hospitals along the Connecticut shoreline.

Attilio Granata and his wife, born Claudia Dinan, both graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, according to a 1984 wedding announcement in The New York Times.

Timothy Granata will return to court the morning of August 10. The court clerk said he has requested a three-judge panel.

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