Central Islip - (WALK) A Medford man accused of killing his mother is being held without bail following his arraignment on charges of second-degree murder Friday.
Sean Farrell, 24, used an ax to fatally strike his mother, Bonnie Farrell, in their home on Norway Pine Drive on December 9. Farrell then checked himself into a pyschiatric facility, according to prosecutors.
Bonnie Farrell, 45, was a nurse employed by Angela's House, a Hauppauge-based nonprofit serving families with ill children, according to published accounts. Her body was found on the floor of a bedroom by her husband, Eric Connolly, 47. Farrell had been struck in the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene, said police.
Connolly is reportedly employed in the real estate business. He and Farrell were the parents of a blended family of six children. There were five people in the house when Farrell's body was found and no sign of forced entry, said police.
Sean Farrell was arrested Thursday and held overnight at the SCPD 5th Precinct in Patchogue for his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip Friday. Farrell pleaded not guilty.
Farrell reportedly has no employment history; his court-appointed attorney told reporters Farrell has "some form of schizophrenia," and checked himself into Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan shortly after his mother's death.
A judge ordered Farrel to be placed on suicide watch.