Last Wednesday, in the Houston, Texas area, a woman by the name of Nancy Shank was fatally stabbed during a dispute that took place in their residence, located in the River Oaks area; and the alleged killer turned out to be none other than the victim’s son, identified as John Hiller Shank, who is currently facing murder charges.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:15pm on that day.
This morning, Shank, 20, has faced a judge.
At the time of the incident, neighbors did hear screaming noises, and, thus, decided to go inside the Shanks’ residence, situated in the 3700 block of Overbrook, through the rear door to check it out. This was mentioned in probable cause documents.
The neighbors have stated that when John had walked by them, he had blood stains all over him. This was prior to the victim’s body being discovered in the entrance.
After the slaying, Shank got away in a white Jeep before Houston police reached the scene; however, soon afterward, police apprehended him at the Katy Freeway and the West Belt. Shank’s father had persuaded him via phone to surrender to authorities. According to detectives, the father told him to pull over and wait for police to arrive.
Shank is now sitting in the Harris County Jail’s psychiatric unit, with bond imposed at $500,000.
It was learned that John Shank has a lengthy history of mental problems and had consulted a psychiatrist on the day of his mother’s death. He was also a Kinkaid School graduate and he used to play lacrosse at UT.
Today, Dan Cogdell, who is known as Shank’s lawyer, has declared that it is now too soon to mention any potential defense, and that they are going to spend lots of time as well as lots of endeavors to determine what triggered this event and what precisely occurred on that day.
Even prosecutors have agreed that it is too soon to mention any potential defense.
No one is sure whether Shank would be capable of engaging in his own defense, according to Cogdell, who then added that the family is experiencing an awful tragedy, and they readily request for the ongoing prayers and assistance of their friends and the loves ones, and merely request that the privacy of the family be respected.
Arrangements have been made for Shank to come to court again on January 19. At first, Shank was scheduled to make his initial court appearance yesterday; however, that was canceled, since he was going through some psychological screening or evaluation.
Nancy Shank was 52-years-old when she was slain.
This has also turned out to be one of the saddest cases ever.