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Lawyer for Bahsid McLean, accused of beheading mother, snapping selfie with head, argues insanity

October 14, 2016  |  Posted by: Jerry Falzarano
Lawyer for Bahsid McLean, accused of beheading mother, snapping selfie with head, argues insanity

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An attorney for Bahsid McLean, a resident of the Bronx, New York currently on trial for allegedly beheading his mother, before taking a selfie with her severed head, argued in court his client was mentally incompetent and didn’t know right from wrong.

Authorities charged the 26-year-old Bahsid McLean with the Feb.2013 gruesome murder of his mother, Tanya Byrd, a 52-year-old home health aide, inside their Bronx apartment.

During opening statements at McLean’s trial in Bronx Supreme Court on Thursday, his attorney Lynn Calvacca held up a picture of Bahsid McLean posing with the dismembered head of his mother, with a smirk on his face.

Police recovered the disturbing photo on McLean’s cell phone.

“Does this look like someone who knows what he is doing is wrong?” Calvacca stated.

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Bashid McLean, 23, when he was arrested by police in 2013. (JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The attorney argued that the jury should acquit McLean by reason of insanity, mental defect or disease, the New York Daily News reported.

She continued to make the case by claiming McLean has heard voices in his head since childhood and he was even treated at several mental health facilities.

However, prosecutors argued McLean was in the right frame of mind when he killed his mother, describing the murder as “cold-blooded.”

The family of Tanya Byrd filled the courtroom as McLean, who sported a gray sweater,  stared down at the defense table with a blank look on his face.

Cops later discovered the disturbing photo on Bahsid McClean's cell phone.

Cops later discovered the disturbing photo on Bahsid McClean’s cell phone.

McLean allegedly stuffed the victim’s body appeared in four separate duffel and garbage bags before dumped them around the neighborhood.

Tanya Bird’s sister, 53-year-old Cassandra McLean, 53, Byrd’s sister, told the court her nephew was a danger to society who should be put away for life.

“If he could do that to his own mother, imagine what he could do to a stranger,” she told the Daily News, before adding, “I don’t hate him, I pity him.”

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