Court Papers Show Mother Admits to Stabbing Son


As she found out in her first court appearance, 45-year-old Ila Voyles will have to answer for murder.

But a probable cause affidavit shows she's already given a version of what happened behind the door of 1421 Corona Street last Thursday night. The night her 19-year-old son Johnny Velasquez died.

During an interview with police detectives, Voyles said she was in her bedroom asleep with her brother in law.

She claims her son repeatedly came in asking for cigarettes, keeping her awake.

Voyles says she finally took a knife from the kitchen to show him “she meant business.” After telling him once more to leave she says she "poked" him one time in the chest.

The report goes on to say Voyles called her daughter Angela and said “I stabbed him. He's bleeding,” asking, “What do I do?"

After talking to her uncle, the other man in the house that night, Angela called 9-1-1.

Paramedics took Johnny to the hospital, where he died of the wounds his mother says came from her own hands.

Voyles' brother in law, Rick Martinez, also quoted in the affidavit said the relationship between mother and son was strained, claiming Johnny harassed Ila, calling her names and arguing over chores.

Voyles has a past, which includes domestic violence and abuse charges.

Johnny Velasquez was buried Tuesday.

Ila Voyles is due in court again on February 14th.


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