Logan Lopez Murdered Mary Beth Lopez: Police

Rick Magliano

A person lured his mother to visit his apartment, then he conquer her with a hammer and stabbed her with a knife, cops say. Defendant Logan Lopez, 24, was “matter of fact with detectives” about killing Mary Beth Lopez, 53, reported a spokeswoman for the Clearwater Law enforcement Section in Florida. He allegedly stated he planned this murder for about a 12 months.

“He experienced reported that previously, she had enslaved him,” law enforcement Significant Natalia Illich-Hailey mentioned in a press meeting Sunday (h/t WFLA). “What that suggests, we’re not guaranteed.”

Police are however trying to untangle that alleged motive.

“We’re nevertheless seeking to have an understanding of the dynamics of all this,” she stated.

Logan Lopez had no legal historical past that officers located, Illich-Hailey stated. He was detained in February beneath Florida’s psychological health and fitness-similar Baker Act, she explained. There was an incident in the town of Tampa involving an additional loved ones, and authorities over there contacted Clearwater officers, she said.

Illich-Hailey did not go into depth about this Baker Act incident or establish the other household member. Illich-Hailey declined to go into substantial detail about this and the murder itself, citing respect for the household.

What she did say was that a neighbor called-in at around 5 p.m. on Saturday about listening to a woman scream for assistance. There was banging, then the woman’s voice stopped. Officers arrived. Logan Lopez allegedly stepped out of the apartment and informed cops he killed an individual inside of. Officers reported they identified a female useless inside. It was Mary Beth Lopez.

Logan allegedly explained to detectives that he had been organizing this killing for a year. As aspect of this alleged confession, he stated that he lured his mother more than to his apartment. His family’s house experienced continue to been getting his mail, Illich-Hailey stated. Mary Beth drove above with the mail. Logan questioned her to enter his condominium so he could exhibit off his home furniture, Illich-Hailey said. He allegedly shut the door at the rear of her, struck her several instances with a hammer and stabbed her multiple periods with a knife.

“The point that I’ll put out listed here is that this was a brutal, heinous crime,” Illich-Hailey said. “Just shocks the conscience to be honest with you.”

Logan Lopez faces a depend of initially-degree murder. He continues to be locked up at the Pinellas County Jail. Obtainable information do not exhibit a bond sum or an lawyer.

[Booking photo via Clearwater Police Department]

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