Insanity Plea in Strangling of Oakland Parents

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The attorney for an Oakland 16-year-old charged with murdering his adoptive parents says the boy suffers from mental health problems stemming from childhood trauma and failed attempts to find his biological parents.

The Oakland Tribune reported on Tuesday ( that Moses Kamin has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the Jan. 26 strangling deaths of 54-year-old Robert Kamin and his wife, 50-year-old Susan Poff. Kamin has been charged as an adult.

His attorney, Drew Steckler, says Kamin was homeless and had to scavenge for food as a child.

Steckler tells the Tribune Kamin suffered more trauma when his efforts to find his biological parents after adoption were stymied.

Kamin is accused of strangling Poff after arguing with her about his suspension from school. Authorities say he then waited for his father before strangling him as well.


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