Mary Dempsey, 53, was found dead in her San Antonio home by her daughter who had gone to check on her on Tuesday, April 9 when Dempsey did not turn up to work. When her daughter arrived at the home, she noticed that her mother’s car was missing and the house ransacked as though a robbery had taken place, reported my SA, citing court documents.
Inside the house, the daughter the noticed something covered with a blanket in the living room, and upon closer inspection realized it was a body lying in a pool of blood.
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Investigators say the robbery and homicide allegedly involved two teens.
Dempsey’s 18-year-old son, Matthew Dempsey, and Daniel Saucedo, who is also 18, were arrested on Tuesday night and charged with capital murder, police said in a statement. Matthew did not live with his mother at the time of her death.
UPDATE:CAPITAL MURDER ARRESTS: 18-year-old Matthew Dempsey and 18 year old Daniel Saucedo have both been arrested for…
“The murder occurred on the 7500 block of Stagecoach yesterday. Dempsey and Saucedo are accused in the murder of Mary Dempsey, 53 years old,” police said in the statement.
Doug Greene, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department, told the New York Post that it was “a heartbreaking story.”
“To find out that it was the son of the victim involved in this, it’s just kind of hard to process, but the evidence shows otherwise and we have to go by the evidence,” Greene said.
According to court documents, the teens allegedly beat the 53-year-old and slit her throat after she walked in on them robbing her property, reported mySA.
CAPITAL MURDER ARREST: Tonight, Matthew Dempsey, 18, was arrested for Capital Murder. The murder occurred on the 7500 blk. of Stagecoach today. Dempsey is accused in the murder of Mary Dempsey, 53. Officers are still trying to locate the victim’s vehicle (info in prior tweet⬇️) pic.twitter.com/cUXRGkVOby
— San Antonio PD (@SATXPolice) April 10, 2019
Matthew allegedly confessed to murdering his mother with Saucedo’s help, according to Saucedo’s arrest affidavit. After allegedly slitting his mother’s throat, Matthew gave Saucedo a blanket from his mother’s room to cover the body.
The suspects then loaded stolen items into the victim’s car, which Saucedo used to flee the scene, the affidavit said, reported the news station. They also withdrew money from Dempsey’s account at an ATM.
Earlier authorities said investigators found “obvious trauma to the body” but did not confirm how the victim died.
According to another police statement, they were looking for the victim’s beige 2016 Honda Accord, which has since been located.
***UPDATE THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN LOCATED***The San Antonio Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in…
Neighbors told mySA that they heard gunshots on the evening of April 8 but they added that it was not uncommon in the area.
“If we don’t hear [police] helicopters at night, it’s unusual,” said Johnny Arredondo, who is currently running for City Council in District 4.
He added that drugs and robberies are also a common problem in the neighborhood.