A mother hugged her son, accused of murder, inside the courtroom today.

Defendant Akmal Khozhiev appeared before Superior Court Judge Maria Cenzon today to find out what’s happening with his case.

Khozhiev, who remains in prison, stands accused in the November 2021 stabbing that claimed the life of Dr. Miran Ribati.

The court today moved forward with the defense request to have an independent psychiatric expert to assist at trial.

He could also possibly testify to Khozhiev’s mental state at the time of the alleged killing.

He’s since pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to aggravated murder.