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New evidence released after delivery man accused of killing Boca Raton grandmother

Posted at 9:40 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 21:50:48-05

BOCA RATON, Fla. — New evidence is providing a first glimpse of what police compiled in the investigation of a South Florida deliveryman accused of killing a Boca Raton grandmother last summer.

Jorge Dupre Lachazo, 21, is facing charges including first-degree murder with a weapon after law enforcement said he beat and burned Evelyn Udell, 75, inside her Boca Raton home on Aug. 20, 2019.

PHOTOS: Evidence in the case

The trove of discovery released on Tuesday includes video of Lachazo's interrogation after police arrested him. The video, which is more than two hours long, shows Lachazo ball up into the fetal position in a chair in the corner while speaking with investigators.

Lachazo worked as a deliveryman who was at Udell's home installing a new dryer and washer. According to the criminal complaint, Lachazo beat Udell over the head with a mallet and set her on fire.

At one point during the police interrogation, Lachazo told detectives that he made a mistake and asked them to kill him.

"At 21 years old, I threw my life away," Lachazo said.

The discovery also includes photos gathered by investigators at the crime scene last August, as well as jail phone calls.

Two photos show a black vaporizer and glass pipe with residue that law enforcement officers found inside Lachazo's delivery truck.

One photo also shows a burn on Lachazo's shirt that's over a half-inch in size.

Police said Udell was found on the ground against the washer in the laundry room. They also said the oven and stove burners were on, and a can of Acetone without the lid was on the kitchen counter. Udell’s purse and wallet were also found open.

Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty in the case.

Lachazo's next hearing is April 17.