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Prosecutors: Man stabs mother after smoking pot, believing someone was going to rape him


RACINE (WITI) — A Racine man is accused of stabbing his own mother multiple times in their home, and prosecutors say he admitted he did it after smoking marijuana and becoming paranoid, believing someone was about to rape him.

Terrell Banks, 23, of Racine faces one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, domestic abuse assessments, and one count of mayhem, domestic abuse assessments. Mayhem in Wisconsin courts refers to when a suspect intends to disfigure an area of the head.

According to a criminal complaint, police on Friday afternoon, Feb. 2 were called out to the Dollar Tree on Erie St. near 3 Mile Rd. for a report of a woman who had recently been stabbed by her son inside their home on Green St. — nearby. Police learned the woman had wandered into the store — bloodied and looking for help. It was determined the woman had been stabbed multiple times, and she identified her son as the suspect.

Her son, Terrell Banks, was located wandering near Lasalle St. and Wolff St. — where he was arrested.

The complaint says at the hospital, it was determined the victim suffered at least nine stab wounds — six to her head and eyes and three to her arm and side.

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