An Arizona man is accused of using a “homemade spear-like object” to kill his father after he refused to pay for groceries, authorities said.
Around 2 a.m. April 1, a person contacted Mesa police and asked for a wellbeing check on a man who was to take his son grocery shopping around noon the previous day and never returned, state court documents obtained by KSAZ-TV.
The person allegedly claimed the son, 43-year-old son, Jason Todd Jeschor, has schizophrenia but was not taking his prescribed medication at the time, according to the documents.
Police were unsuccessful in their attempts to make contact with the two at the son’s apartment, but Jeschor opened the door to officers when they began to force their way inside the unit, police said.
“While being detained as officers were searching the residence, the defendant told an officer he believed the victim and another ‘dude’ were threatening him and the victim was dead,” the court documents state. “When asked what happened, he said, ‘I killed him.’”
According to investigators, during questioning, Jeschor allegedly said he and his father were at the store together when Jeschor found out he didn’t have enough money on his debit card to pay for his groceries and his father refused to foot the bill.
Jeschor allegedly told investigators the victim's slaying was justified but gave no reason why, the court documents state.
He was charged on one count each of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence and was being held in lieu of $1 million cash-only bond.