Son arrested in connection with Escondido mom’s murder

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A 25-year-old man allegedly killed his mother at an Escondido apartment and inflicted non-life-threatening injuries on himself, authorities said Thursday.

Officers sent to investigate a report of a possibly deceased person at an address on North Hickory Street near East Washington Avenue around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday initially found David McGee suffering from wounds that were later determined to be self-inflicted. He was detained "due to his injuries and suspicious nature of the call," Escondido police Lt. Justin Murphy said.

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Inside the apartment, authorities found the body of McGee's mother, 55-year-old Rebecca Apodaca, who had suffered injuries consistent with being the victim of homicide, Murphy said.

McGee was then placed under arrest on suspicion of first-degree murder and was taken to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, Murphy said.

Investigators released no further information on Apodaca's injuries.

"We’re not going to put that out at this time, because we’re hoping for witnesses to come forward and say this is what we saw and it’s consistent with what we have seen inside the apartment," said Murphy.

"Some of the neighbors on the bottom floor said they heard gunshots," said Katherine Brown, neighbor.

Brown and her boyfriend William Gagnon live three doors down from Apodaca.  They described her as a friendly woman.

"She was a nice old lady, didn’t seem like she’d cause any problems for anybody," said Gagnon.

"She’d always say 'hi' to me anytime I’d be walking by and she’d be like 'hey how are you?'" said Brown.

Brown said McGee was not as friendly as his mother.

"You know just kind of someone who would look at you and then look away not really say hi," said Brown.

Authorities did not immediately disclose a motive in the alleged matricide.

McGee is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at 1:30pm.

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Anyone with additional information on the case was asked to call Escondido Police Detective Ross Umstot at 760-839-4463, or the police department's anonymous tip line at 760-743-8477.

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