Defense attorneys hint at blaming acne drug to defend Longmont teen charged with murder

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Denver-Aiden von Grabow is charged with first-degree murder and 10 other counts in the stabbing death of Makayla Grote

 

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.

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Makayla Grote

Aiden 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.

During a hearing Friday, Boulder Deputy District Attorney Adrian Van Nice objected to several of the defense’s witnesses, including Dr. Doug Bremner, a psychiatrist known for his studies on isotretinoin, which is better known for its brand name, Accutane.

 

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