Man accused of murdering his mother appears in court

John McArthur
John McArthur


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man accused of killing his mother and leaving her body in a cardboard box was in court Wednesday, and he had a lot to say.

Even after his attorney advised him not to speak, the man yelled, “I don’t want to live anymore.”

Police arrested 37-year-old John McArthur Monday, after they found his mom’s body at her home near Valley High School.

McArthur told detectives that on Sunday he put a powder called “dragon’s breath” in her drink and she drank it. But nothing happened.

He said later in the day, when she asked him to leave, he got upset, strangled and beat her.

Neighbors who live near the pair said McArthur had only been in the neighborhood for a few months. They said he was always walking up-and-down the street, talking out loud, but said he never talked to them.

“I had no idea where he lived, who he was. I just saw him, frequently and every time he walked by, he was talking,” one neighbor said.

Wednesday, the judge transferred the case to District Court for a no bond hold hearing.

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