QUEENSBURY — The Glens Falls man who faces murder charges for the horrific killing of a mother and her young daughter over the summer has been found fit to stand trial.
Bryan M. Redden had been directed by Warren County Judge John Hall to undergo a psychological examination to determine whether he understood the case against him and could assist in his own defense for the Aug. 11 killings of Crystal Riley and her 4-year-old daughter, Lilly Frasier.
Hall received a written report last week from psychologist Kimberly Brayton that led to the conclusion Redden “does not, as a result of mental disease or defect, lack capacity to understand the proceedings against him or assist in his own defense,” court records show.
That opinion means that the case against him can proceed in Warren County Court. Had it been determined he was not able to stand trial, the case would have been postponed indefinitely until he was fit to do so and he would have been held in a secure mental institution.
Redden’s lawyer, Warren County Public Defender Marcy Flores, acknowledged Wednesday that her client was “found competent” to stand trial and said her office was working on pretrial motions in the case.
Acting Warren County District Attorney Jason Carusone said he had no comment on the case as of Wednesday.
Redden, 21, had been involved in a short-term romantic relationship with Riley and was at her South Street apartment early the morning of Aug. 11 when Riley and her daughter were killed with a knife, police said. A relative of Riley’s found the victims after Riley failed to show up at work at a local daycare center.
Redden, a native of West Virginia and former carnival rides worker who moved to the area last summer, was arrested hours later while driving Riley’s sport utility vehicle in Glens Falls.
Redden has pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment that includes counts of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and lesser charges for possessing a weapon, theft of the vehicle and hiding the knife.
No motive has been revealed, but court records show Redden told police he had used heroin before the killings and told one Warren County corrections officer that he “did not know what he was doing at the time.”
No trial date or further court dates have been set, pending a conference between Hall and lawyers in the case later this fall.
Redden is being held in Warren County Jail without bail. He faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted of first-degree murder, and up to 50 years to life if convicted of second-degree murder.
The brutal killings of a mother and child shocked the region and have led for a call to change state laws to toughen penalties for killing a parent and child.