Arraignment for a 61-year-old man who allegedly tried to kill his mother with a hacksaw, cutting off half of her foot, was postponed Thursday after he was not transferred from jail to the courthouse.
Mark Robert Vermillion of Lake Elsinore was arrested last week following the alleged attack on his 91-year-old mother, Marian Vermillion.
Mark Vermillion is charged with attempted murder, torture and elder abuse, as well as several sentence-enhancing allegations of inflicting great bodily injury on a person over 70 years old.
The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, was slated to be arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, but deputies informed the court that Vermillion was on an undisclosed medical hold at the jail and had not been cleared by staff for transfer to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta Thursday morning. No further details were available.
Gallon rescheduled the hearing for Friday afternoon, even though most court cases will be automatically delayed that day because of a mandatory one-day furlough for clerks because of state budget constraints.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Reese, Vermillion called 911 about 3 p.m. Thursday and allegedly admitted that he had just tried to kill his mother at her two-story home in the 30400 block of South Fork Drive in Canyon Lake.
Deputies reached the location within a few minutes and found the victim in her bedroom, with half of her right foot severed, Reese said. She was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where she remains in critical but stable condition, according to the sergeant.
There was no word on a possible motive for the attack.
The defendant was taken into custody without a struggle. He has no documented prior felony convictions.
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