UPDATE: Anthony, NM man accused of stabbing, killing his mother

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A New Mexico man accused of stabbing and killing his own mother told investigators that God was talking to him, according to a criminal complaint obtained by KTSM.

Arturo Deandre Parra, 22, is being held without bond at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. He’s charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

On Feb 3, Doña Ana County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a stabbing in the 400 block of Tierra Dorada Circle in Anthony, N.M.

When deputies arrived, they found Parra standing in the middle of the front yard holding a knife above his head, documents state. When deputies ordered him to drop the knife and get on the ground, he complied.

Deputies found Parra’s mother, Elvira Martinez de Parra, lying unconscious in front of the home. Documents state her mouth was full of blood and she was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

The couple who lives next door told deputies they were inside cooking and talking on the phone with their daughter when they heard a loud bang at the door. When they answered, they said a woman, later identified as Martinez de Parra, was at their door bleeding profusely, unable to talk and appeared to have a hard time breathing.

The neighbors said they couldn’t recognize Martinez de Parra because her face was swollen. They said she was frantically pacing back and forth before going back to her house. The neighbor said she attempted to help before Parra allegedly stormed out of the house with a knife in his hand and told her, “leave the f*cking phone or I’m going to kill you,” according to the documents.

The neighbor’s husband told his wife to get back in the house, where both waited until deputies arrived.

The neighbor, records show, told investigators that in a conversation they once had, Martinez de Parra said she was afraid of her son when he was off his medication.

During their interview with Parra, deputies say he was talking incoherently, the documents state. He said God was talking to him and he repeatedly referred to himself as “midget” and an “old man” and mentioned “zombies.”

Parra’s father told deputies his son suffered from mental issues and was going to therapy.

On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed and detectives found inside a trash can a knife they say was used to kill Martinez de Parra.


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- An Anthony, New Mexico man is accused of stabbing and killing his own mother, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators.

A call was made to the Anthony Police Department just before 7 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Tierra Dorada Circle. Sheriff’s detectives later took over the investigation.

Detectives arrested Arturo Deandre Parra, 22, who was at the home where the incident allegedly occurred.

The victim, only identified as a woman in her 40s, was taken to a hospital in the El Paso area with several stab wounds to her upper torso. She was pronounced dead shortly after.

Parra was taken to the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

The investigation is ongoing. KTSM will provide updates as they become available.

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