CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater Police homicide detectives have arrested a 24-year-old man in the murder of his mother.
Logan Lopez, 24, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mary Beth Lopez, 53, that occurred Saturday evening at The Palms at Countryside Apartments, located at 25350 U.S. 19 N.
Officers were called to the scene about 5 p.m. after a neighbor heard a woman screaming for help in a nearby apartment. Inside that apartment, they found Mary Beth Lopez dead.
Logan Lopez told the first officers on the scene, and later homicide detectives, that he had killed her.
The suspect said he had lured his mother to his apartment for the purpose of “putting an end to her” after planning the murder for a year. He beat her with a hammer and also stabbed her multiple times.
Logan Lopez has no previous arrest history with the Clearwater Police Department. Police say he does have a previous Baker Act history.
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