Police: Woman found dead in backyard of Maricopa home, suspect faces second-degree murder charge

MARICOPA, AZ - Authorities have made an arrest in connection to a suspicious death investigation in Maricopa over the weekend.

Officers with the Maricopa Police Department were called to a home at the Villages at Rancho Dorado near Smith Enke Road and State Route 347 in Maricopa Sunday morning in regards to a suspicious death.

According to Ricky Alvarado with Maricopa Police, the suspect ran over to a neighbor's house shortly before 6 a.m. and reported that his mother was attempting to commit suicide and was dying.

Authorities arrived at the home and found 43-year-old Holly Berry dead in the backyard. Police said Berry had visible injuries to her face, abdomen and arms.

Alvarado said officers found blood in the kitchen that led to the backyard where the victim was located. He also said the tile flooring in the kitchen was wet and appeared to have been recently washed with water.

Officers said the suspect reportedly said the victim "got stupid" and that the two had pushed each other. Authorities also discovered that the victim and the suspect were in a sexual relationship.

The suspect also reportedly told police that he blew breaths into the victim's mouth for one to two hours before attempting to get help.

The suspect was booked into the Pinal County Detention Center on multiple charges, including second-degree murder, aggravated assault and tampering with physical evidence.

ABC15 is not identifying the suspect because he has not been formally charged.

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