Saugus man charged with killing his mother


A Santa Clarita man was formally charged with murder Wednesday for allegedly stabbing his mother to death inside their Saugus home, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Jesse Lucatero, 24, faces one count of murder with the allegation he used a knife during the crime of killing his mother 56-year-old Maria Acevedo, DA spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon.

Lucatero appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Wednesday for arraignment on the charge.

He was arrested on Monday, four hours after the stabbing, initially as a person of interest and then as the man suspected of murdering his mother inside the family home on the 19500 block of Castille Lane, prosecutors said.

Acevedo’s body was discovered by the victim’s husband, who is the defendant’s father, prosecutors added.

If convicted as charged, Lucatero faces a possible maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The requested bail is more than $2 million.

Deputy District Attorney Pam Revel is the assigned prosecutor.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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