A 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his mother at their Palm Springs home was charged Wednesday with murder, with prosecutors alleging that the defendant claims “voices commanded” him to commit the killing.
Brian Patrick Conroy is charged with killing 36-year-old Amber Lane, who was shot just before 4:30 a.m. Monday in the 4100 block of Calle San Antonio. Lane died at Desert Regional Medical Center about two hours later.
Deputy District Attorney Scot Clark sought to have Conroy’s $1 million bail increased during a Wednesday court hearing, after presenting concerns that he could be a danger to others.
Clark said Conroy claimed to suffer from auditory hallucinations, with voices commanding him to shoot Lane. The prosecutor said Conroy claimed that “he’s not able to control his impulses,” leading Clark to call for a bail increase in concern for public safety.
Palm Springs police have not commented on a motive for the killing. Deputy Public Defender Laura Garcia, who appeared on Conroy’s behalf, said she’d received no evidence from prosecutors to support Clark’s claims.
Conroy, a former Palm Springs High School student, did not appear in court Wednesday afternoon because he was not medically cleared to appear. Attorneys said he is in a hospital, but did not elaborate.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Harold W. Hopp ruled that Conroy’s bail will remain at $1 million, but said the prosecution’s request for an increase would be revisited Monday morning.
Lane’s husband and stepson, who also live at the Calle San Antonio home, were interviewed by police and cleared of involvement.
Lane was the director of marketing and public relations at the Wang’s in the Desert restaurant in Palm Springs.
Conroy has no prior criminal record in Riverside County.
–City News Service