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Man who allegedly dismembered mother, stuffed her in freezer is charged with murder

February 9, 2011 |  8:29 am


A Maywood man was formally charged Tuesday with killing his mother, cutting her up with a saw and stuffing her in a freezer, while later in the day family members held a vigil for the victim.

Moises Meraz-Espinoza was charged with one count of murder. He did not enter a plea in court.

According to L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials, Meraz-Espinoza confessed to killing his mother in her Maywood apartment. A motive is unclear, but family members told KTLA News that he had been depressed since his girlfriend died several months ago.

Family members told the station at a vigil that the mother had been asphyxiated. At the vigil, family and friends remembered Amelia Espinoza as a kind person and caring mother.

Moises Meraz-Espinoza apparently walked into a Huntington Park police station Friday afternoon and told authorities there that he had killed someone and that the body was inside an apartment in the 5600 block of Maywood Avenue.


Man dismembered mother with a saw, put her in freezer, family says

Man arrested on suspicion of slaying his mother, putting body in freezer

-- Shelby Grad

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