Meat cleaver attack suspect in court

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A son accused of attacking his mother with a meat cleaver is scheduled to appear in Henrico court Wednesday morning.

We should learn if 25-year-old Joseph Yates is mentally competent to stand trial.

Police say earlier this summer, Yates attacked his mother's head with a meat cleaver – breaking her skull and almost cutting her fingers off.

The mother barely survived.

Joseph Yates has a history of mental health problems.

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