Son fatally beats, stabs mother after planning her death for a year: police

Clearwater, Florida police say a 24-year-old man killed his mother on Saturday night after planning the murder for a year.

Officers responded to a call around 5 p.m. after a neighbor “heard a woman screaming for help in a nearby apartment,” according to a Clearwater Police Department statement posted on Facebook. When they arrived, they found a woman, Mary Beth Lopez, dead.

The department wrote that a man at the scene, Logan Lopez, told police and later homicide detectives that he killed the woman, who is his mother.

“The suspect said he lured his mother to his apartment in an effort to ‘terminate her’ after planning the murder for a year. He beat her with a hammer and also stabbed her repeatedly “, said the department.

Clearwater, Florida police say a 24-year-old man killed his mother on Saturday night after planning the murder for a year. Above is a police cruiser on August 8, 2013 in Miami.
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Logan Lopez has been charged with first degree murder. Police noted that he had no arrest history.

Newsweek contacted the Clearwater Police Department for comment.

In another incident this week, a San Antonio, Texas man was charged with shooting and killing his mother in front of her 9-year-old daughter. During the incident, in addition to allegedly killing his mother, police say he also shot his stepfather, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The 49-year-old girl lived with her grandmother.

In April, Florida law enforcement officials said a teenager shot and killed his mother after she told him to quit smoking in the house. At the time, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the teen’s mother smelled smoke coming from his bedroom and opened the door, telling him to quit.

“[As] she closes the door, he shoots her,” the sheriff said.

“But he’s coloring the event in his best interest. He’s telling us he’s depressed… He said ‘Mom opened the door to talk to me about smoking and I was holding a gun to my head. And she m said to put the cigar out and close the door and the gun accidentally discharged. We don’t believe him,” Judd said.

Last month, a Colorado man was charged in the death of his mother who disappeared four years earlier.

“Sylvia Frens disappeared in 2018. For nearly 4 years, detectives worked diligently to solve her case. In March, Sylvia’s remains were found on the property where she last resided. Her son of 54-year-old has been arrested in connection with his murder,” the Grand Junction Police Department wrote on Twitter on June 8.

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