Crime scene photos and interrogation tapes paint a clearer picture of a brutal murder in which, police say, a Glendale man shot and killed his neighbor because of the voice in his head.
During the interrogation, Michael Mitchell doesn’t shy away from the fact that he pulled the trigger after walking downstairs to his neighbor’s apartment and knocking on the door near 75th and Glendale avenues.
“Why did you fire the gun?” asked the detective.
“Because I was so certain that he was the guy who had someone tied up,” Mitchell said.
When the detective asked whether he thought something was going on downstairs, Mitchell said he heard the voice through the floor.
“Maybe it was haunted or something,” Mitchell said. “It’s embarrassing but, like, I was in love.”
He says he was trying to save the voice he'd fallen in love with and also admitted to smoking meth before the shooting.
“You said you quit but when was the last time you used?” asked the detective.
“Yesterday,” was Mitchell’s response.
Photos inside Mitchell’s apartment show an ax, several large hunting knives, multiple rifles, a shotgun and the handgun he said he used before returning it to the bathroom.
Pictures of the victim’s apartment, Pedro "Peter" Gomez, show bullet casings scattered around the couch.
Police said the victim’s girlfriend and three kids were home at the time, but they were not hurt. His family continues to try to raise money to help support the children. Click here to find out how you can help.