Albert Arias Pleads Not Guilty to Stabbing His Dad to Death, Despite Allegedly Going to the Police Station to Inform Everyone
Albert Arias pleaded not guilty today to the murder of his father -- a killing police discovered after Arias allegedly went to the police station and told several people he'd done it.
Arias is actually the second person to allegedly pull this move in just over a month -- Kevin Skinner, a 22-year-old Phoenix resident, allegedly called the cops in March to let them know he'd just murdered his mother by suffocating her with a grocery bag. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment as well.
In Arias' case, police say he popped into the El Mirage police station -- about a quarter-mile from his house -- on the afternoon of April 5, informing the staff at the office that he'd just stabbed his father, and saying his father needed help.
A police officer came to the lobby to talk to Arias -- who still had blood on his arms -- and told the officer numerous times that he stabbed his father, 76-year-old Pete Arias, who was eventually pronounced dead at a hospital.
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Police say Arias told the officer in the lobby that he was tired of being abused by his father, but was afraid he might have killed him.
After being taken to an interview room, Arias said he "lost it" and stabbed his father with a knife, and said "multiple times that he was tired of being abused by his father his whole life," according to the court documents.
Arias said he didn't want to talk anymore until he spoke with a lawyer, after stating yet again that he'd stabbed his father, adding that the blade actually broke off inside of him, according to the documents.
Even after saying he wanted to speak with a lawyer, police say Arias continued to make "spontaneous statements" about how he'd stabbed his dad, and possibly killed him.
A witness -- who isn't identified in the court documents -- said Arias and his father got into an argument in the kitchen of the home, and while the witness didn't actually see the stabbing, he or she did find the elder Arias on the floor bleeding.
Police say there was blood surrounding the back of Pete Arias' head, he had approximately six stab wounds on his body, and the knife blade had indeed broken off of the handle.
According to the court documents, Albert Arias had been living with his parents for the last 15 years.
After pleading not guilty today to second-degree murder, Arias' next date in court is June 19.
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