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Son charged in mother’s death found incompetent to stand trial in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 19, 2019

 Uriah Lee Scott

Uriah Lee Scott


TROY — Uriah Lee Scott, 43, charged in the murder of his mother, Cynthia Scott, 61, after police found her body partially in the closet of her Troy home, was recently declared incompetent to stand trial.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot ordered Scott to undergo a forensic examination to determine criminal responsibility and competency in August.

His pretrial had been set for Nov. 12. Bond was denied. He remains housed in the Oakland County Jail.

His attorney, Michael McCarthy, explained that the order provides that Scott receive treatment, and said that if he is deemed competent to stand trial, the trial will proceed, but right now the case is off the court docket. He declined to comment further.

Police said Scott had recently moved in with his mother. Police arrested him in Oak Park, at the home of a friend where he had reportedly been staying since March 18, after a welfare check at Cynthia Scott’s home on Shelley Drive, in the Stephenson Highway and Rochester Road area, revealed that she had been the victim of an apparent homicide. According to the police report, officers discovered Cynthia Scott dead in a bedroom in the home, concealed under some items and partially in a closet.

Uriah Lee Scott was arraigned March 23 in the 52-4 District Court on a charge of open murder.

Police said the cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to an autopsy conducted by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office March 21.

During a June 24 preliminary exam, Scott’s brother testified that Scott’s relationship with his mother “was strained, tumultuous and dysfunctional.”

Police testified that Scott “just didn’t seem like he was mentally right.”