Phoenix police arrested a man who said "he cut his mother's head off...because she put a hit on him."
Police report that on May 4 they responded to an apartment near Cave Creek and Thunderbird roads, where they discovered Maggie Chiquito lying on a recliner, "with a fatal cut to her neck with a knife in her hand."
Police say Maggie and her husband picked up their son, 31-year-old Marlow Carlos Chiquito, in Flagstaff and brought him to Phoenix to visit family.
During the afternoon, they were all reportedly arguing inside the apartment. The husband left to take a walk, returning about 30 minutes later to find his wife bleeding on the recliner with Marlow no longer in the home.
Officers found him walking in the neighborhood with blood on his pants and detained him.
He allegedly admitted to detectives that "he cut his mother's head off while inside the apartment because she put a hit on him."
He told police that he drank a fifth of vodka and used methamphetamine before murdering his mother. Then he went to the kitchen and got a knife with a six-inch blade. He also allegedly admitted to police that his mother was alive when he cut her throat, asking him to stop. Afterward, he walked to a convenience store to get a drink of water and was returning to the apartment when police found him.
Police say they discovered Marlow's blood-stained shirt and jacket near a dumpster where Marlow told them it would be.
He's being held on a $1 million cash bond on a first-degree murder charge.