Jeffrey Pyne Murder Trial: Opening Statements Set to Begin in Michigan

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Donna Gundle-Krieg, a family friend and Jeffrey's former teacher, said there's no way he killed Ruth Pyne.

"I absolutely do not believe that Jeffrey Pyne is guilty of this murder," she said. "He loved his mother."

Court records show Ruth Pyne had a history of mental illness dating back 14 years. Nine months before her death, she was accused of attempting to strangle Jeffrey. She served two weeks in jail, after being charged.

"We did know that she was ill, but the family never let on of the nature of the illness," Gundle-Krieg said.

Former New York prosecutor Dan Schorr said Ruth Pyne's mental issues might have been a motive.

"Her own psychiatrist actually recommended that she become an inpatient because of her mental illness," said Schorr, who has no connection to the case. "The question is, did this violent history with the mother provide a motive for the son to then commit murder?"

Free Press journalist Brasier told ABC News that the slaying was a rage killing.

"That certainly lines up with the prosecutors contention that this was an angry young man that had had it with his mother," she said.

If convicted, Pyne faces life in prison, without parole.

Court records show Ruth Pyne had a history of mental illness dating back 14 years. Nine months before her death, she was accused of attempting to strangle Jeffrey. She served two weeks in jail, after being charged.

"We did know that she was ill, but the family never let on of the nature of the illness," Gundle-Krieg said.

Former New York Sprosecutor Dan Schorr said Ruth Pyne's mental issues might have been a motive.

"Her own psychiatrist actually recommended that she become an inpatient because of her mental illness," said Schorr, who has no connection to the case. "The question is, did this violent history with the mother provide a motive for the son to then commit murder?"

Free Press journalist Brasier told ABC News that the slaying was a rage killing.

"That certainly lines up with the prosecutors contention that this was an angry young man that had had it with his mother," she said.

If convicted, Pyne faces life in prison, without parole.

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