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New details released in horrific killing of Boca Raton grandmother

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Jorge Dupre Lachazo
Posted at 7:32 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 07:08:26-05

BOCA RATON, Fla. — New details are being released about the horrific killing of a Boca Raton grandmother last summer.

More than 300 pages of discovery, obtained by WPTV, gives new detailed accounts about 21-year-old Jorge Dupre Lachazo, and the hours after investigators say he beat and burned Evelyn Udell, 75, inside her home.

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“This was a robbery, this was a pre-meditated crime,” said Nick Panagakis, the Udell family attorney.

Court records say Lachazo was sweaty and shaking while speaking with police, he seemed confused, was hyperventilating and almost lost consciousness. His legs were burnt and he told police, “Someone is following me, they are going to kill my mother.”

Lachazo was a deliveryman installing a new washer and dryer inside Udell’s home in August. Investigators say he beat her over the head with a mallet and set her body on fire.

According to police statements, Udell was found on the ground against the washer in the laundry room, the oven and stove burners were on, a can of Acetone, without the lid, was on the kitchen counter and Udell’s purse and wallet were open.

“We got a guy with a prior history of theft, a guy who wasn’t even supposed to be there because he was supposed to be in court,” Panagakis said.

During questioning with police, court records say Lachazo denies anything happened, then admits he did something wrong. He says, “At 21-years-old, I threw my life away.”

He also tells detectives to kill him, and that he made a mistake.

The records also say a black vape pen, glass pipe with residue, a gray brillo pad and lighter were all found inside the delivery truck.

“The one thing that didn’t shock us at all was how nice he said she was and how she offered them water,” Panagakis said.

Lachazo has been charged with first-degree murder, but he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors said, if convicted, they will seek the death penalty.