Police arrested the blood soaked man after Valdez killed and butchered Silvestre Diaz-Hernandez, 41. Valdez told police he severed the ears, nose, and head left them on his aunt’s bed as a present. The aunt had attended a party and wasn’t present during the slaying. Valdez shared an apartment with his aunt and her boyfriend.
The article reports tension between Valdez and his aunt because Valdez didn’t help with paying bills. His aunt and her boyfriend had asked Valdez to move out.
Valdez said he would have also killed his aunt had she come home during the attack. Valdez said that he and Hernandez were going to a local store to buy some beer. Before they left Valdez struck Hernandez in the back of the head with a hammer and beat him to death. Judge Peggy Chiampas has denied bail.
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