Skills assessment ordered for man accused of killing his mother, claims he was possessed

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – Yeurashka Graham, the Colorado Springs man accused of killing his mother and then burning down her home, is to undergo a skills assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial .

Graham claimed he was “possessed by a demon” days before the fire, according to arrest documents. Graham faces first-degree murder charges for allegedly stabbing his mother, Theresa Graham, more than a dozen times on May 10, 2021.

In the affidavit of arrest obtained by 13 InvestigationsGraham allegedly told an associate during a jailhouse phone call that a friend named Marian Fagan “put a demon inside him” days before May 10, 2021.

Then, on Nov. 25, 2021, Yeurashka allegedly told a prison guard, “I wanted to confess to a crime. I know I killed my mother,” documents say.

When the prison guard questioned Yeurashka at the El Paso County Jail, documents indicate he told them, “I was possessed by demons. Drugs made me do it.”

On March 30, 13 Investigations spoke with Zechariah Andrews, Graham’s mother’s neighbor in May 2021. He was the first person to call 911 when the fire broke out.

“It’s a long time coming. We knew this was coming, we knew what happened from day one,” Andrews said. “We speculated the whole time, we knew. The community around us knew. Why would you do that and then run north and threaten the cops and stuff like that?”

On March 28, Colorado Springs police arrested Graham, who was already in jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly assaulting Colorado Springs police officers with a metal pole and a religious statue hours after the fire.

Graham’s defense attorney’s motion for a skills assessment was granted by the judge on Tuesday. According to his defense, the assessment can be completed within the next 21 days.

Graham will be back in court, hoping to review the valuation, on June 10.

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