Man beaten to death for alleged affair with suspect’s mom

May 11th, 2010 by

PHOENIX – A man who was found murdered inside a burning Phoenix home last Wednesday was allegedly killed because of an affair he was having with the mother of one of the suspects.

Three people were arrested after the victim’s body was found when firefighters extinguished a blaze at the home in near 35th Avenue and Baseline Road around 11:30 p.m.

Lisa Allen with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said on Sunday that 20-year-old Adan Bolanos Gonzalez, 19-year-old Matthew Moreno, and 23-year-old Booz Moreno were arrested in connection to the fatal house fire.

According to court documents, Gonzalez admitted that he and the other two suspects conspired to go to the home and violently assault the victim using a steel pipe because the victim had allegedly had an adulterous affair with his mother.

Gonzalez also reportedly said they used a shotgun to hit the victim in the head and used a knife to cut the victim’s throat.

After the victim died, the suspects allegedly poured gasoline throughout the house and set it on fire in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Neighbors said the victim was renting the home.

“He was a nice guy, he came over and offered to help me do work on a building near my house I was working on,” said Gordon Grantham.

Grantham said he originally thought the house fire was an accident, but realized something was strange due to the large amount of investigators on the scene.

“We thought the house caught on fire and somebody was trapped inside,” said Grantham while standing in his yard near the victim’s home. “But yes, there were too many cops and way too much stuff going on.”

Allen said MCSO has a tentative identification on the victim, but will not release it until it is verified.

Up until the arrests, Grantham said he and other neighbors were concerned for their safety.

“I feel 100-percent more comfortable, I actually felt uneasy coming out of my house the last couple nights,” said Grantham.

Other neighbors, who declined to speak on camera, said the night of the fire, they did not see or hear anything unusual.

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