A Florida man is accused of planning out the murder of his mother for a year and then luring her to her death, authorities said.
Around 5 p.m. on July 16, a woman called the Clearwater Police Department after hearing banging noises and 53-year-old Mary Beth Lopez screaming for help, WFLA reported.
When officers responded to the Palms at Countryside Apartments, they found Mary Beth Lopez dead in the residence of her 24-year-old son, Logan Lopez.
According to Major Natalia Illich-Hailey, Logan Lopez allegedly told detectives that he had been planning “putting an end” to his mother for a year and the day of the incident lured her to his home by requesting she bring him his mail.
When she arrived, the major said, the son then asked his mother to come inside to check out some furniture.
“He came up behind [her] and struck her with a hammer” and stabbed her, Illich-Hailey said.
He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and faces a first-degree murder charge.
“You see the worst of people, but you don’t see this brutality very often,” Major Illich-Hailey noted of the incident.
In February, Logan Lopez, who police said claimed his mother had “enslaved” him, was taken for an evaluation under the Baker Act, which allows for the involuntary and temporary detainment of an individual for emergency mental health evaluation and treatment, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
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