Son arrested in mother’s stabbing death

SAN DIEGO -- A 30-year-old man was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of his 58-year-old mother in a Clairemont home, police said.

Officers responded about 7:15 p.m. Monday to a 911 call from a man at 4368 Mt. Putman Avenue who told dispatchers he'd been injured in a knife attack, San Diego police Lt. Todd Griffin said.

When officers arrived, the 911 caller was standing in the driveway and officers detained him, Griffin said. Inside the home, police found an unconscious woman "suffering from major trauma to her upper body."

“She had 8 or 9 major stab wounds to her upper body around the upper chest area… and that’s just as far as the integrity of the investigation goes, that’s all I want to put out there right now but yes, she was stabbed to death,” said Lt. Griffin.

The woman, later identified as Angela Burks, was taken to a hospital where doctors pronounced her dead from her wounds, the lieutenant said. Her son, Joseph Burks, who called police was also treated for his wounds at a hospital before police booked him into county jail on suspicion of murder.

“We’re trying to figure out, recreate the events that led up to this and try and make some sense of it, trying to figure out exactly what happened and why it happened,” said Lt. Griffin.

The victim, Angela Burks worked as a teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista. The Sweetwater Union High School District says it is saddened by the loss and will provide the necessary counseling for students and staff.