MESA, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Police say the 16-year-old son of a Mesa woman has been arrested for her death and a friend of the teenager also faces charges.
The body of Tina Helms Spencer was found Saturday. Phoenix television station KNXV reports that her son has been booked into juvenile detention on charges including first-degree murder, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.
KSAZ-TV reports the 16-year-old decided to kill his mom after they had an argument when she took away his cell phone. Mesa authorities told KSAZ that they believe a hammer and frying pan were used in the death of Spencer.
A 17-year-old friend of the son was booked into juvenile detention on charges of first-degree murder as an accomplice, evidence tampering and concealment of a body.
The 16-year-old also attacked his stepfather but he was able to get away.
Mesa Police spokesman Sgt. Tony Landato said the woman’s body was found in a backyard shed at the family’s property.
Classmates of the 16-year-old were shocked.
“He didn’t really have home issues he talked about. If he did, it was typical stuff,” Mike O’Connor told KSAZ. “One week he’d have a fight with this parents, the next week he was talking about how his mom was awesome and helping him out with something,”
Authorities expect a hearing will be held to determine if the juveniles will be charged as adults.
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