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25-year-old man behind bars for the slaying of his mother in Valley Center

VALLEY CENTER - A 25-year-old man wanted for questioning in the slaying of his mother in her upscale Valley Center home was behind bars today in Arizona, where he was arrested on unrelated charges, authorities said.

David Leroy Lucero refused to give his name when he was arrested in Pima County late Tuesday night for allegedly trespassing on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, according to NBC 7/39. The Pima County Sheriff's Department later identified him from a bulletin issued by investigators here.

San Diego County sheriff's homicide investigators issued the bulletin after the bloodied body of 53-year-old Margo Lucero was found by her husband and daughter early Tuesday afternoon in her Costalota Road home.

A relative told San Diego 6 News that the family had called the sheriff's department on Monday to ask to have the victim's son removed from the house because he was having mental problems. The relative said authorities came to the house but declined to take the young man into custody, the station reported on its Web site.

Hours after her body was discovered, the slain woman's car, a Mercedes, was found in southern Arizona, Lt. Dennis Brugos said. Authorities then announced they were looking for the victim's son, who was described as potentially armed and ''possibly violent.''

The victim worked at Valley View Casino in Valley Center. Authorities have not discussed the nature of her injuries. A source close to the investigation described the crime scene as ''bloody, very bloody.''


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