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Mesa police: Child rearing argument precedes murder

Posted at 2:41 PM, Apr 18, 2017

An argument over child rearing leads one man to shoot and kill another man in Mesa.

Police report that on April 10 they were called to a home near Country Club Drive and Brown Road for a report of shots being fired. There, police found a man lying on the ground and bleeding from the neck.

A neighbor told police they heard three gunshots, then heard the suspect, 48-year-old Jose Eladio Castro-Valenzuela, say, “That’s what Oscar gets." 

The victim, Oscar Carmona-Pacheco was reportedly on the phone with his brother during the altercation. His brother reported to police that he heard Valenzuela say, "I don't give a  .... who you bring down, I'm going to kill you either way."

Witnesses say Valenzuela is a neighbor and lives in the area. His girlfriend and the victim have a child together, and police say the argument was about the raising of the victim’s child. 

Upon his arrest, Valenzuela allegedly told police that he shot the victim three times with a gun he purchased on the street a few days prior. 

Valenzuela who has been in the country illegally for 20 years, is being held on a $500,000 bond on a charge of second-degree murder.