According to the defence counsel for Alexander James Thorpe, the 20-year-old Airdronian charged with the second-degree murder of his mother, both the defence and the crown prosecution need more time to determine if there will be a Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) hearing in the case.

"Mr. Sawa [the crown prosecution] and Mr. [Balfour] Der and myself have been working diligently on this file subject to what Mr. Sawa says. We are in a mode to work on another couple of weeks perhaps, however, though, to the 17th of June," said defence counsel Lisa Burgis Der, during a Friday morning Criminal Court Appearance (CAC). 

Justice Keith Yamauchi agreed and scheduled another hearing for mid-June.

"We're putting it over to June 17 to discuss the issue with respect to an NCR hearing," Justice Yamauchi said. 

In January 2022, Airdrie RCMP responded to a 911 call of a male in medical distress at a business in northeast Airdrie.  As a result of the investigation, a well-being check was done at a residence in Airdrie.  

An adult female, who was later identified as Lowen, was located deceased in the residence and her death is believed to be suspicious. 

An autopsy was performed on Jan. 14, 2022, and the manner of death has been deemed a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Thorpe was subsequently arrested. 

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