Dr. Benjamin Mauck Wiki – Dr. Benjamin Mauck Biography
The aunt of the man accused of killing Memphis hand surgeon Dr. Benjamin Mauck says her nephew had recently been released from a mental health facility. Larry Pickens, 29, was charged with first-degree murder for shooting Mauck in the exam room at the Campbell Clinic in Collierville, Tennessee, earlier this week. Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, the suspect’s aunt, Louise Pickens, said her nephew “was just in a mental institution, they let him out and they shouldn’t have.” She explained that Pickens suffered from “paranoid bipolar schizophrenic disorder” and that “he thinks that people are after him, that people are doing things to him and everything.” The concerned relative said that, as a result of his condition, Pickens had been in and out of mental health hospitals his entire life.
Louise Pickens said the condition “really got worse when he was in grade 11” and that he had been repeatedly treated at Lakeside Behavioral Health in Memphis. Less than a week before Dr. Mauck’s murder, she says Pickens had spent the night at Crestwyn Behavioral Health, “he went in and they let him out the next day,” she explained. She adding: “They let him go and they shouldn’t have.” Although she did not know why Larry went to see Dr. Mauck on Tuesday, Louise Pickens confirmed that Dr. Mauck had been Larry’s doctor, recalling that “the doctor operated on his finger.” Summing up the tragic situation, Louise Pickens added: ‘For my nephew, it’s really sad. And I don’t wish it on anyone. Pickens had no criminal record in Collierville, but he had called the police several times about other people.
Dr. Benjamin Mauck was 43 years old.
Larry Pickens Arrested: Suspect in the murder of Benjamin Mauck
In April 2022, he called the police claiming that someone had broken into his house. During that incident, he told officers that he was schizophrenic and did not take medication, according to local Memphis news outlet WATE. In another, more threatening incident, he scared the staff and customers of a barbershop by complaining about his haircut. One of the barbershop owners said he saw Pickens feeling in his pocket as if he was looking for a weapon. He didn’t pull one out and ended up calling the police himself claiming someone else had threatened him, which they didn’t. The barbershop owner told WATE that he was worried about his staff. ‘Someone felt threatened, and whenever we feel threatened, we have to go about our business. “I thought he had some kind of mental disorder just because of his actions and how he behaved. “He was just reaching into his pocket like he had a gun, but he wasn’t pulling anything out like he was going to shoot,” he said. He was not charged with any of the incidents. Pickens appeared in court Wednesday to tell a judge that he did not have a lawyer.