Alief ISD trustee's son enters insanity plea for her stabbing death
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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --The son of an Alief ISD board member, Blake Jefferson, entered an insanity plea in connection to the fatal stabbing of his mother, Dedre Jefferson.


ABC13's Marla Carter was in the courtroom for the plea. She will have reaction from family members on Eyewitness News at 11 a.m.

Blake Jefferson was found not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday.

Investigators said Blake fatally stabbed his mother inside their townhome.

Family members expressed concern for his mental health around the time the act was committed in 2016. Relatives remarked that Blake was an honors student studying at Texas Southern University. But Dedre noticed her son was acting different.

Before Dedre's death, Blake had gone to a church trying to speak to a pastor about spiritual visions that he was having. Just a few days later, Dedre was with Blake when she was on the phone with her mother, noting that he was acting strange.

Investigators said during that call she screamed that he was stabbing her and the call cut off. Dedre's mom called 911 and deputies found her dead inside the home.

Authorities found Blake hiding in a neighbor's closet.

According to a family spokesperson, Blake, who was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital after his arrest, may have not known what had happened, but was in shock when he found out from his grandmother.

RELATED: Man charged in mom's fatal stabbing wails in courtroom




Blake is expected to be admitted to Vernon State Hospital.

Dedre Jefferson served as the vice president on the Alief ISD Board of Trustees.

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