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Sweetwater man accused of killing mother after taking cocaine

Strands of hair from suspect found on victim's hands, police say

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SWEETWATER, Fla. – A man from Sweetwater turned himself in to police Tuesday for the killing of his mother, whose body was found last week inside her apartment, police said.

According to an arrest report, family members of Lisbeth Sandigo, 54, contacted her apartment manager on Thursday because they hadn't heard from her since July 11 and they were worried.

Police said the manager went into Sandigo's home and found her dead inside the master bedroom.

Sandigo was found with her upper torso resting on the bed and her lower torso and legs extended from the bed onto the floor. Her face was covered with a pillow and her hands were covered with numerous long strands of hair that appeared to have come from a beard, police said.

According to the report, blood was smeared on the top of the pillow and foam was coming from Sandigo's mouth.

Sandigo's son, Joaquin Alberto Villagra, 32, was nowhere to be found after Sandigo's body was found, and her 2005 Toyota Corolla was also missing, police said.

Detectives said Villagra turned himself in at the Palmetto Bay Police Department and said, "I did a terrible thing."

Homicide detectives said Villagra told them that he used cocaine about 6 p.m. July 12 and then went home, where he got into an argument with his mother about him coming home late, his drug use and his unemployment.

Villagra said his behavior during the argument was out of the ordinary. "I was really bad. I was strange, weird. I wasn't the same," Villagra said, according to the report.

Detectives said Villagra claimed that he remembers approaching his mother's bedroom, but then blacked out.

He recalled removing Sandigo's credit card from her wallet and taking the keys to her car, the report said.

Villagra claimed that he did not remember killing his mother, but acknowledged that no one else was home at the time, detectives said.

Police said the hair in Villagra's beard was consistent with the strands of hair found on his mother's hands. He also had several scratches on his face, the bridge of his nose and his left ear.

Villagra faces a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.

He appeared in court Wednesday, where he was ordered to remain in jail without bond.


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