The Corning man accused of killing his mother at their home on Oct. 8, is undergoing a court ordered doctor’s evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
Erik Deno, 32, remains behind bars on $1 million bail having been charged during an Oct. 11 arraignment with murder and resisting arrest.
Tehama County Assistant District Attorney Matt Rogers said Deno is accused of strangling and killing this mother, Angelika Deno, 55, at their Marty Court residence in Corning. After killing his mother, Deno allegedly placed her body in the home’s outdoor trash bin where it was located by Corning police.
“Mr. (Erik) Deno has not entered a plea and will not be scheduled to do so until the court has reviewed his competency evaluation,” Rogers said. “The date for the court to review that evaluation is Nov. 14, but I wouldn’t be surprised to have that date continued.”
Neighbors of the Deno’s said on the day of the alleged murder, Erik Deno was seen acting strangely and irrationally throughout the day.
One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said Erik Deno knocked on her door and when she answered he asked if “Waldo” was home.
“I knew him (Deno) because he had come knocking at my door a few times within the past year or so. I knew his mother. When he asked for Waldo, I told him no one named Waldo lives here. He then asked me if he could talk to Jesus,” she said.
Explaining that her boyfriend has long hair and a beard, she believed Deno was asking to talk to her boyfriend.
“I told him no, that Jesus wasn’t here. He then said he needed help to move Gilda, and that if he didn’t get help he would ‘put her on the street, so just let them know that,’” the neighbor added.
She said almost the entire time he was talking to her, his facial expression was completely blank, except for when he talked about moving the body, then his face twitched.
As soon as Deno left, the neighbor called the police and asked for them to do a welfare check on Angelika Deno.
When Corning police arrived at the Deno residence they initially got no response.
After receiving more information on the situation, they recontacted the home and made entry into the residence, the police department reported.
Officers located Erik Deno in the bedroom at which time he became combative, and following a brief struggle was detained, police said.
Shortly after, police located the victim’s body in the trash bin in the residence’s driveway, according to Corning police Sgt. Kylee Stroing.
The neighbor who originally called police that day, said Angelika Deno had told her previously that her son, Erik, had been in a mental institution and when he was released he came to live with her, and that dealing with him was very difficult.
“She was a very nice, nice lady, and this is just breaking my heart,” she said.