Man charged with stabbing after mom struck to be evaluated

September 20, 2018

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing a tow truck driver who struck and killed his mother has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 38-year-old Philip Horner at his arraignment Thursday.

A court psychologist said Horner has trouble speaking, paying attention, and remembering things and is having suicidal thoughts. His lawyer did not comment.

Police say 68-year-old Benita Horner, of Belmont, was struck as she crossed a Watertown street Wednesday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Philip Horner stabbed 60-year-old Thomas Fogerty multiple times in the torso. He remained hospitalized Thursday.

Witnesses say Philip Horner shouted “You killed my mom!” after the accident while the driver said “I didn’t see her!”