DAILYKENN.com -- Jorge Luis Dupre Lachazo, 21, is accused of killing a 75-year-old woman.
New information has been released about the crime that occurred in 2019.
According to news reports, "Dupre Lachazo is accused of beating 75-year-old Evelyn Smith Udell with a wooden mallet, then dousing her in a chemical that caught fire, burning nearly her whole body."
The crime apparently occurred after Lachazo, a delivery driver for Best Buy, had delivered and installed appliances for the victim.
Reports say the victim was kind to her attacker.
The crime occurred in Florida.
Lachazo had previous encounters with law enforcement, reports say. It is not known why Best Buy hired him.
Not all Hispanics are criminals nor are all victims white. Still, there seems to be a media bias of omitting crimes in which whites are victims of non-whites.
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Evelyn Udell was having a washer and dryer delivered when she was attacked in her home. She later died in the hospital.
Jorge Luis Dupre-Lachazo, 21, is the delivery worker charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson.
Arriving firefighters said they found Udell leaning against the washing machine, her clothes engulfed in flames. They said the dryer was running, and all the burners on the stove and oven were on.
Police had previously said Lachazo left the home in the delivery truck.
The new documents show after police stopped Lachazo, he seemed confused and started hyperventilating. Eventually “his body went numb and then he almost lost consciousness,” according to one of the reports.
A minute later, the same report says, Lachazo felt better, sat up, and “started crying.” He said “he believed that somebody was about to kill him.”
When asked about the burns on his legs and what happened back at Udell’s home, he said “somebody is following me, they are going to kill my mother.” He later said a woman near his home in Hialeah was blackmailing him and they were following him in the truck.
Another police report indicates Lachazo admitted to using a mallet found in the home to hit Udell on her head and retrieving a chemical agent from the garage.
Most of Lachazo’s responses to questions about his potential drug use have been redacted.
Lachazo’s attorneys so far have filed no motions related to mental health or insanity.
One of Udell’s sons is an attorney with a major law firm. Attorneys with that firm last week filed a notice they will be representing the family witnesses.
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