Suspect in St. Helens stabbing had change in meds

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ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) -- The mother of a man accused of stabbing an Oregon health worker to death says he was being weaned off his anti-psychotic medication when it happened.

Debbie Redd tells The Oregonian (http://is.gd/rM3LR4 ) that her son Brent was being taken off his meds in preparation for a hepatitis-C treatment, and he was scared about the change.

Brent Redd had been committed to the Oregon State Hospital five years ago for trying to strangle his mother, but eventually he was released to living semi-independently in a St. Helens duplex. The 30-year-old was stable, even holding down a job at a thrift store.

But when caseworker Jennifer Warren showed up to deliver medicine to his apartment, police say, he stabbed her to death before calling 911. Brent Redd was indicted on a murder charge Thursday.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com