In every respect, this is a very sad and tragic story. 19-year-old David Kellen Grow, (who goes by Kellen), was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the case of brutally killing his mother Robin Grow, who was 49 years old.
The details of the case are horrendous, so much so that the prosecution did not dispute the fact that Kellen was insane.
Robin Grow was killed with a knife. The body was slashed open and her insides were spread across the floor. She was bruised and battered. A steak knife was found inside her chest. Her head sustained blunt force trauma.
Detectives and investigators said it was one of the most gruesome killings they had ever seen.
Kellen’s father, Ronald Grow, testified that he came home from work one evening and found his wife’s body on the kitchen floor. He called for his son who was fully clothed in the bathtub with his mother’s intestines wrapped around his neck.
His father asked Kellen “what have you done? Do you realize what you’ve done? Do you realize we are never going to be a family again? Do you realize in a couple of minutes, they’re going to take you away from me too?”
Mr. Grow said that his son then got the phone, called 911 and returned to the bathroom.
Mr. Grow told the court that he “saw something in his eyes change.”
Kellen then striped off his clothes and handed the phone to his father. A fight ensued and both men fell to the floor.
Kellen escaped the bathroom and returned to the body of his mother. He put his hands inside of her body and Mr. Grow attempted to push his son off of Mrs. Grow. He eventually punched his son in the shoulder, which stunned him and stopped him in his tracks.
The police soon arrived and handcuffed Kellen.
At the time of the killing, Kellen was psychotic. He had a history of mental illness. He had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at the age of four.
Prior to the murder, Kellen had been hearing command hallucinations to kill his mother. He believed that he could “shape shift” and thought that 2013, was the “end of days.”
Weeks before the killing, Kellen was hospitalized with psychosis. He was having delusions of a demon coming into his bedroom and harming him and his family.
Hospital reports show that he was unable to communicate, confused, mumbling, chanting, and was incoherent. He was involuntarily committed for short time but was later deemed appropriate for discharge.
Mr. Grow does not blame the doctors for releasing his son. He had been taking medication and was steadily improving every day.
The violence came as a “lightning bolt from the sky,” said Mr. Grow. They would’ve never taken him home from the hospital, if they believed that Kellen was capable of such violence.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Grow were very affectionate parents. Despite his autism disorder, Kellen was able to socially connect with people. He was well liked by others. He had never displayed any violent tendencies. He was an honor student.
By all accounts, they were a normal family.
On the morning of the murder, Mr. Grow witnessed Kellen hug, kiss and tell his mother that he loved her. She was not afraid of her son. They loved each other.
By all accounts, Kellen does not understand what he did to his mother. When asked about how he was feeling the day of the murder, during a competency evaluation, he said he was calm and stable.
“Should I feel this way… should I feel sad?” Kellen asked, according to the report. Kellen then began crying and stated that he misses his mother.