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Justice for mom found dead in bed

Conservatorship required for young man accused of matricide

Lucero family home in Valley Center
Lucero family home in Valley Center
David Leroy Lucero

After a court hearing on September 19, it was concluded that 29-year-old David Leroy Lucero, arrested on suspicion of killing his mother more than four years ago, should be confined to a psychiatric hospital.

“The Office of the Public Conservator’s investigation concluded that Lucero is a gravely disabled person who represents a substantial danger of physical harm to others,” according to a statement by prosecutor Patrick Espinoza. “Consequently, the Office of the Public Conservator recommended the establishment of a Murphy conservatorship for David Lucero. They are recommending that he be confined and psychiatrically treated at a state hospital.”

Lucero was taken into custody on March 10, 2010. His mother, Margo Jean Lucero, 53, was found dead in her bed, with stab wounds to her left shoulder and chest, the day before her son was arrested. David Lucero reportedly fled to Arizona in his mother’s Mercedes and was declared a fugitive after his mother’s body was found in their home overlooking Valley Center.

Family members reportedly told investigators that Margo Lucero had become afraid of her then-25-year-old son and locked her bedroom door at night. That door appeared damaged, as if it had been forced open, investigators later revealed.

Margo had phoned for help the prior evening, on March 8, but responding officers had declined to take away the young man, as the woman requested, because they questioned him and did not conclude that he was a risk at that time.

David M. Lucero, husband of Margo and father of David, reportedly told deputies that their son was mentally ill and had stopped taking his prescription medications. David M. Lucero, is a medical doctor.

David Leroy Lucero is next scheduled for a hearing on September 30, to “finalize the establishment of a Murphy Conservatorship,” according to prosecutor Espinoza.

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Lucero family home in Valley Center
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David Leroy Lucero

After a court hearing on September 19, it was concluded that 29-year-old David Leroy Lucero, arrested on suspicion of killing his mother more than four years ago, should be confined to a psychiatric hospital.

“The Office of the Public Conservator’s investigation concluded that Lucero is a gravely disabled person who represents a substantial danger of physical harm to others,” according to a statement by prosecutor Patrick Espinoza. “Consequently, the Office of the Public Conservator recommended the establishment of a Murphy conservatorship for David Lucero. They are recommending that he be confined and psychiatrically treated at a state hospital.”

Lucero was taken into custody on March 10, 2010. His mother, Margo Jean Lucero, 53, was found dead in her bed, with stab wounds to her left shoulder and chest, the day before her son was arrested. David Lucero reportedly fled to Arizona in his mother’s Mercedes and was declared a fugitive after his mother’s body was found in their home overlooking Valley Center.

Family members reportedly told investigators that Margo Lucero had become afraid of her then-25-year-old son and locked her bedroom door at night. That door appeared damaged, as if it had been forced open, investigators later revealed.

Margo had phoned for help the prior evening, on March 8, but responding officers had declined to take away the young man, as the woman requested, because they questioned him and did not conclude that he was a risk at that time.

David M. Lucero, husband of Margo and father of David, reportedly told deputies that their son was mentally ill and had stopped taking his prescription medications. David M. Lucero, is a medical doctor.

David Leroy Lucero is next scheduled for a hearing on September 30, to “finalize the establishment of a Murphy Conservatorship,” according to prosecutor Espinoza.

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This is incredibly sad. What is a family to do under these circumstances?

Sept. 22, 2014

Police officers need more training on mental illness. He should have been a mandatory 5150 hold for an evaluation.

Sept. 22, 2014

County Mental Health would have asked him if he felt like harming/killing somebody. A-Yes. How would you do it? A-With a knife. They might have been able to intervene, depending on how good he was at hiding illness or maybe he wanted help he wasn't getting. Some doctors see through acting sane.

Sept. 22, 2014

You got me agitated again Eva. What if the police dismissed this mother/woman as a histerical female? They could have heard her plea for help but it was too much to scrutinize for lazy minded. Family has a lawsuit I think. As good as calling emergency 911 and nobody comes to save her.

Sept. 22, 2014

Why should the taxpayers have to write anyone a check? What did we do wrong?

Sept. 22, 2014

jnojr you're always so astute.

Sept. 22, 2014

To teach a lesson of responsibility for human life, but would probably just end up padding legal practitioners pockets.

Sept. 22, 2014

Update. After the hearing on September 30, there is one more hearing scheduled for David Leroy Lucero on October 31, this to address "the criminal mental health cases as a follow-up to the permanent conservatorship." This according to deputy district attorney Patrick Espinoza.

Sept. 25, 2014

After the hearing on October 31, 2014, prosecutor Patrick Espinoza stated, “The Officer of the Public Conservator recommended that Lucero be confined and psychiatrically treated at a state hospital because he continues to represent a significant danger to others.”

According to the deputy district attorney, a San Diego Superior Court judge did order the Murphy Conservatorship because efforts to restore the mental competency of David Leroy Lucero, now 29, were unsuccessful. He has been in custody since 2010.

This commitment will last one year, but can be extended indefinitely if a new conservatorship is obtained each year, according to a memorandum dated May 15, 2001, authored by Michele Mudgett, who is a patients’ rights specialist for an advocacy group in Sacramento, California.

Nov. 9, 2014

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