FORT PIERCE — A 27-year-old man who was accused of fatally shooting his mother at point-bank range, supposedly because he wasn't given $20, has been indicted on a charge of first degree murder and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an arrest affidavit.
During early November Samuel Perez, then 26, called in the shooting, saying, I just shot my mom, I just shot my mom," according to police reports.
His stay-at-home mother, Alejandrina Leija De Perez, 44, was shot in the back of the head, instantly killing her, at the home she shared with her husband in the Manatee Mobile Home Park on South U.S. 1, an arrest affidavit states. Her grandson was asleep in another room during the gunfire.
Initially, Perez was charged with murder and has been held without bail in the St. Lucie County Jail . Tuesday he was charged with first-degree murder based on a grand jury indictment on March 7.
He also is charged with the possession of a short-barreled rifle.
At the time of his initial arrest, police quoted Perez as saying he had worked all day picking fruit and went to the residence to ask his mother for money. He said his mother started to insult him and pushed him out of the house, according to the report.
From his car, Perez got a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle he bought at a pawnshop a few months before, went back into the trailer and pointed it at his mother, the report said.
According to police, he asked his mother, "Do you want me to die out on the streets?" and quoted her as replying, "I don't care what you do."
Then he fired.
As police arrived at the shooting scene, Perez placed his hands on his head and went to his knees. Inside the trailer, police found a .22-caliber rifle within feet of De Perez's body, according to reports.
Police questioned his sister, Mariela Perez, who alleged that Samuel Perez is a drug addict who is always asking for money.
The father, Ociel Perez, said he had not spoken to his son for two months and said that Samuel Perez refuses to go into rehabilitation for drug use, according to reports. The father, who is a truck driver, said he kicked his son out of the house in 2011, but his wife continued to give Samuel Perez help and money.