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A young man arrested on suspicion of killing his mother more than three years ago has not heard any evidence presented against him in the case yet.

David Leroy Lucero, now 28 years old, was taken into custody in Arizona after he reportedly fled San Diego County in March of 2010. The day before, on Tuesday March 9, his mother’s body was found stabbed to death in her own bed, according to Sheriff’s investigators.

A medical examiner stated the woman died of “stab wounds of left shoulder and chest” and her death was declared a homicide.

Margo Jean Lucero, 53, had been locking her bedroom door at night because she was afraid of her 25-year-old son David, according to one investigator who spoke to surviving family members. Deputies reportedly found the door to the upstairs master bedroom damaged, as if it had been forced open, according to an affidavit.

The deceased woman’s husband reportedly found her when he arrived home the afternoon of March 9, in their sprawling mansion on three acres at 29312 Costalota Road, on a hill overlooking Valley Center in north San Diego County.

David M. Lucero said he had last spoken to his wife about 10:30 the night before, according to Sheriff’s detective David Hillen. The husband told deputies that he and his wife were both concerned because their son was mentally ill and had stopped taking his prescription medications. David M. Lucero is a medical doctor.

David M. Lucero told deputies that his namesake son had “called the family evil.”

Margo Jean Lucero had phoned deputies for help the evening of Monday March 8, reportedly asking deputies to take her son David away to a medical hospital. But responding officers declined to take the young man, because they did not find him to be a risk at that moment.

The family of the homicide victim has hired a private defense attorney to represent the one who is accused of the killing, which might be considered an unusual arrangement. Attorney Mark J. Geragos, who is known for his celebrity clients and has offices in Los Angeles, was hired before the defendant's first court appearance in April 2010.

Prosecutor Patrick Espinoza said that David Leroy Lucero was declared “not competent” and committed to a state mental hospital and that “criminal proceedings will be re-instated when he regains competency.”

David Leroy Lucero was in court earlier this month, and is scheduled for his next mental competency hearing on August 16, 2013, in San Diego’s downtown courthouse, before the Honorable Judge Joseph Brannigan.

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Eva Knott July 21, 2013 @ 11:03 a.m.

David Leroy Lucero, now 28, had stopped taking his prescription medications, according to his doctor father. Photo released by San Diego County Sheriff's investigators when they believed the suspect had taken his mother's Mercedes Benz and fled the area. David Lucero Jr. was captured the next day, at the San Xavier Mission in Arizona, and the car was found ten miles away, according to a Sheriff's detective.


Eva Knott July 21, 2013 @ 11:06 a.m.

Attorney Mark Geragos, known for representing Hollywood celebrities, was in court on behalf of David Leroy Lucero in April 2010. The accused man has not heard any evidence against him, during his three years in custody.


Visduh July 21, 2013 @ 11:16 a.m.

After the Geragos performance in the Scott Peterson trial, I'd wonder who would ever hire him again. (He's the one who stated that not only would he "prove" that Peterson had not murdered his pregnant wife, he would identify the real killer during the trial and "prove" the guilt of that person .) He did neither, and Peterson is now on death row. His hyperbolic statements in that trial were theater of the absurd. And people still pay him to defend family members? Sheesh!


SurfPuppy619 July 21, 2013 @ 2:55 p.m.

After the Geragos performance in the Scott Peterson trial, I'd wonder who would ever hire him again

Vis, I have to disagree with you on this one, big-time. Mark Geragos is one of the most well respected criminal defense lawyers in this state, and his performance in the Peterson case was outstanding. Geragos correctly pointed out that there was essentially NO evidence that Peterson killed his wife outside of the fact that he was fishing in an area where her body was found-that's it. There was literally no other evidence, and I think Peterson has a fair shot at a new trial. Geragos destroyed the DDA in the Peterson case.



Visduh July 21, 2013 @ 7:29 p.m.

When Peterson comes off death row, let me know, and I'll reconsider. To date anything I've seen from that shyster comes off as clownish.


SurfPuppy619 July 21, 2013 @ 8:56 p.m.

Peterson case was ONE case, why should you make the call on just one case? I have not seen him on any TV for years now, since before Petersons case...


SurfPuppy619 July 21, 2013 @ 2:56 p.m.

BTW- this book just came out-read it, it really shows how our criminal justice system is broken, much of the time to dirty prosecutors, and judges.



Eva Knott Sept. 15, 2013 @ 8:42 a.m.

David Leroy Lucero had mental competency hearings in August and September of 2013. Another competency hearing has been set for late October. This young man has been held in custody for more than 3 years without hearing any evidence against him. I have never even seen Lucero brought into a courtroom, according to his high-priced defense attorney (hired by the wealthy family of the deceased woman), Lucero is not even fit to be brought into a public setting. This is very concerning.


Eva Knott April 2, 2014 @ 7:44 a.m.

David Lucero was in court again recently, and another mental competency hearing has been set for May 1, 2014. Lucero was taken into custody in April of 2010, and he has been held four years without any evidence presented against him, in court. Celebrity attorney Geragos did confirm that he still represents the accused, Lucero. The defendant turned 29 years old, two months ago.


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