PD: Son admits to smoking spice before deadly assault on his parents
PEORIA, AZ (CBS5) -
The Peoria man who was arrested for allegedly assaulting his parents, which ultimately killed his mother, admitted to police that he regularly smoked spice.
Victor Alex Castro, 38, was taken into custody Thursday and is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and aggravated assault.
His parents, Fred and Lorene Castro were found by family members in their home with injuries from what appeared to be a hammer on July 6, police said.
Lorene Castro, 61, died in the hospital July 11 from her injuries. Fred Castro, 62, is still in the hospital in critical condition, according to the police report, and is now paralyzed on the left side of his body. Fred Castro's daughters told police that during a hospital visit, he told them Victor Castro attacked him.
According to police, Victor Castro admitted to smoking spice, a marijuana-like drug, sometimes up to two grams a day, including the night of the attack.
Victor Castro's sister, Laura, told police her brother had a history of mental illness and is subject to court-ordered medication. Castro has schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, but has been off his medication for about two months, the police report said.
According to the report, Laura Castro and Luis Tosky were at Victor Castro and his parent's home for dinner. Victor Castro and his father began arguing after he asked Tosky to smoke spice with him.
Victor Castro said he stayed in the backyard by himself for the rest of the night and told police he slept on a couch after smoking spice, according to police report.
Investigators believe Fred Castro's pants were removed after the attack so Victor Castro could get his father's keys.
Dolores Posey, Fred and Lorene Castro's daughter, told police her father always kept the car keys in his pocket and slept in his pants, police said.
Police believe Victor Castro then drove his father's vehicle to a convenience store and bought spice around midnight.
Police found a hammer in Fred Castro's vehicle that had blood on it and matched his parent's injuries, authorities said.
The Castro's neighbors told police they heard Victor Castro crying in the backyard the next morning, but he ignored them when they tried to speak to him, police said.
Investigators also found bloody footprints leading toward Victor Castro's room that matched the shoes he usually wore, police said.
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