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Mental health defense considered for suspect in stepfather's slaying

Attorneys may offer a mental health defense for Gregory A. Roy, the Porter man accused of killing his stepfather and dumping his body in a Cattaraugus County ravine.

Gregory A. Roy. (Photo courtesy of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon signed subpoenas Friday for Roy's medical records from the county jail and two hospitals, which his lawyers sought to help them decide on their strategy.

Roy already has been declared mentally competent to stand trial, but co-defense counsel Michele G. Bergevin said the standard is different for a mental health defense.

Roy, 29, of Lake Road, is charged with murder in the April 29 death of Rudy Ray Rockett, 64, of Redondo Beach, Calif. Roy allegedly killed Rockett during what the victim was told was a drive to Buffalo Niagara International Airport for a flight home.

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