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Redd, formerly of The Dalles, heads to court in Saint Helens today

ST. HELENS (AP) — A plea and sentence hearing was scheduled today after press deadlines in St. Helens for a man accused of killing a mental health worker. Brent Redd had pleaded not guilty in the May 2012 stabbing of Jennifer Warren. She was killed while making a medicine delivery to his apartment in St. Helens.

The accused man pleaded guilty in a Wasco County court in 2007 of attempting to strangle his mother during a psychotic episode while he lived with her in The Dalles. He was sent to the Oregon State Hospital and in 2010 transferred to Columbia Community Mental Health.

His mother and sister say the deadly violence against Warren was preventable. Doctors just three or four weeks before had opted to temporarily sharply reduce his anti-psychotic medicine, in order to treat his Hepatitis C, yet they didn't monitor him more closely, the women said.

Warren’s body was found in Redd’s apartment after Redd called 9-1-1.

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