Kevin Skinner Facing Charges Again in Grocery-Bag Suffocation Death of His Mother

Kevin Skinner, the Phoenix man accused of murdering his mother in March by suffocating her with a grocery bag, is again facing charges in his mother's death, although the charges were previously dropped.

Skinner, 22, was jailed on a first-degree murder charge on March 3, but was later found incompetent and not restorable, and was committed to a state hospital.

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According to court documents obtained by New Times, that state hospital says Skinner's mental competency has been restored, so he was arrested yesterday, and booked again on charges related to his mother's death.

After allegedly killing his mother on March 3, Skinner had laid in the grass outside his apartment for a while, before he called 9-1-1 himself, and told police that he'd killed his mother.

Police responded to Skinner's Phoenix apartment, and Skinner reiterated to the arriving officers that he'd just killed his mother inside.

Police found Janet Skinner dead inside the apartment with a clear plastic grocery bag next to her, according to court documents.

Kevin Skinner told police he got into a "brief argument" with his mother while they were watching television, as she wanted him to go to a hospital to get "some psychological problems" checked out.

After arguing, Skinner's mom told him she was leaving, and as she began to walk out, Skinner put his mom in a choke-hold and wrested her to the ground.

Skinner began to choke her with his hands, before slamming her into a wall and attempting to choke her again. That's when Skinner grabbed the grocery bag and tightened it over her head until she stopped moving, according to the documents.

Skinner then walked outside and laid on the grass to figure out what he should do, and he eventually settled on calling the cops and turning himself in.

Police say Skinner "fully intended" on killing his mother, and say he "did not show any remorse" for what he'd just done.

When asked exactly why he killed his mother, he told police it was "because she was going to leave and he did not want her to leave.

He wanted her to listen to him," court documents state.

Skinner's again charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping, and his bond was set at $500,000.

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Matthew Hendley
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