http://www.kpho.com/story/19149883/p...-dismembermentA woman has been arrested in connection with the murder and dismemberment of her mother, police said.
Phoenix police said they found the body of 73-year-old Deborah Hatley early Monday morning at her home in the 12000 block of North 47th Avenue.
Sgt. Trent Crump said the victim had obvious trauma to her body and was "in the process of being dismembered."
Crump said the victim's daughter, Carol Hatley, 42, provided a statement to police and was arrested on one count of second-degree murder.
At about 3:30 a.m., Carol Hatley went to neighbor Regina Martinez to call 911.
Martinez says, "She just said her mother had passed and that she was dead and that she needed some help. She was not all bloody she was drunk."
Martinez says Carol Hatley was so drunk she helped take her home until paramedics arrived. Carol Hatley never mentioned allegedly hurting her mother except for except for one alleged instance.
"Right before I brought her home she said, 'Oh it was so bloody,' I said, 'What was so bloody?' And she said, 'It was so bloody,'" said Martinez.
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/19...-was-so-bloodyMartin says paramedics were already in the home when she and Hatley walked in.
"I walked her home and sat her down at the table and I heard paramedics say we'll take care of this in a few minutes and one asked me if I had been any further than the kitchen and I said no."
Police say Hatley's mother's body was found near the back bedroom, and it was a gruesome scene.
"I was under the impression she died from her cancer. I had no indication she had been murdered or cut apart."
Hatley is facing 2nd degree murder charges. Investigators say she and her mother had a history of domestic incidents and that Carol may have had a prior alcohol and prescription drug abuse problem.
Police say she has not admitted to playing any part in the crime.
http://www.azfamily.com/news/Woman-a...164314626.html"She was calm," Martin said. "I had no indication when I called the 911 operator that this had happened. ... I was under the impression she had died from cancer - she had cancer."
Officers found Deborah Hatley in her home with obvious trauma to her body. Police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said Hatley was in the process of being dismembered.
Officers found large garbage bags in the area that they believe the suspect was planning to use to get rid of the victim's body.
According to Martin, Hatley smelled of alcohol.
"She was drunk," she said. "I could smell the alcohol on her; she was kind of waving and wandering."
Martin said, unaware of what police would eventually find, she walked the suspect home so she wouldn't fall.
"Right before I brought her home she said, 'Oh it was bloody.' I said, 'What was bloody?' She said 'It was bloody.' And I just walked her home and sat her down at her table," Martin said, explaining that she went home shortly after that. Martin says she didn't go further into the home and didn't see any blood or anything she noticed was suspicious.
Detectives are still investigating but may have a clue as to motive.
"We know that the last conversation that was being had between the mother and daughter in this case and at least one other family member was about taking away driving privileges," Crump said. "We don't know if that had anything to do with this particular case."
According to court paperwork, Hatley did not confess to killing her mother, butshe did admit to "wrapping the victim in plastic bags and claimed she was going to take her to the hospital."