Man accused of killing his mother to trial by year’s end

The Kelowna man accused of killing his mother with a hammer in 2012 will face trial by year's end.

The young man accused of killing his mother with a hammer in 2012 will face trial by year’s end.

Conor Grossmith’s second degree murder trial was scheduled Monday for mid-November.

Scheduling was expected to take place much earlier, but there have been a number of stumbling blocks to a swift judicial process. Top of the list  were examinations into Grossmith’s mental well being.

Since the September 2012 incident, Grossmith has been the subject of three separate psychiatric exams aimed at determining whether he’s fit to stand trial at all.

The findings of those exams could be used in his trial.

Grossmith is accused of attacking his mother, 57-year-old Kate Gilchrist, in her Kelowna home on Sept. 13, 2012.

She died nine days after the attack, sending shock waves through the community.

The Grossmiths were pillars in the community, as Conor’s father was the local face of the United Way for a number of years.