Less than a month before he was accused of murdering his mother, a 16-year-old Mesa boy admitted to forging her signature on a Gilbert High School form to get free school lunches, according to Gilbert police.
Michael Roy Helms was angry at his mother for grounding him after he got in trouble at school. But a police report shows Tina Helms Spencer declined to help investigators on the forgery case in favor of allowing the school to mete out punishment.
Early Saturday, Helms Spencer’s body was found in a shed behind her home, and her son Michael Helms was arrested and accused of first-degree murder and other charges. Helms is also accused of beating his stepfather.
An autopsy by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Helms Spencer’s cause of death was multiple blunt-force head trauma, and her manner of death was homicide.
Police seized a hammer and a frying pan as possible murder weapons in Helms Spencer’s death.
Helms’ stepfather called police early Saturday morning and told them that his stepson had attacked him when he arrived home at about 4 a.m. Police found blood and eventually located Helms Spencer in the shed.
Source: AZ Central