UPDATE: Martinez Woman Arrested for Allegedly Killing Her Mother

February 17, 2014 19:24 pm · 25 comments


A 53-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder after she allegedly confessed to killing her mother in Martinez on Sunday, police said today.

Officers with the Martinez Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Azalea Avenue on Sunday, where Christy Lee Southwick had called police and said she “killed her mother and wanted to turn herself in,” Martinez police Detective Ryan Baillie said.

The officers contacted Southwick inside the home, and found Southwick’s mother, 74-year-old LaJean Southwick, deceased, according to Baillie.

Both women had lived in the home together, Baillie said. Christy Southwick was arrested and booked into Contra Costa County Jail on suspicion of murder. She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

The last homicide in Martinez occurred on Aug. 4, 2012.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Baillie at (925) 372-3451.

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puffandstuff February 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

does anyone know the details of the “last murder in Martinez was august 2013” ? I never heard about it.

Clayton Valley Grad February 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Actually, it was Aug. 12, 2012. I don’t remember either. Martinez is a very low crime town. Get rid of Vine Hill and downtown Mtz., and crime would be even lower.

One of the many reasons I like living in Martinez.

boccegrl February 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

At 1

I believe it was a man found dead inside a
Vehicle in the House of Pancakes parking lot

Enfield303 February 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

What about the girl killed on the courthouse steps? Kinda rings a bell.

Monday, Monday February 17, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Boccegrl, the murder on Aug. 4, 2012 was a 47 yr. old female murdered on the steps of Martinez Chamber of Commerce. Jason Castillo, 25, Concord, was the suspect.

boccegrl February 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Thank You

motherof3 February 18, 2014 at 8:33 AM

@monday, monday Mr. Castillo was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Of course there are never any follow up story’s to these kinds of things because they wouldn’t make good headlines. Muder makes good headlines and allows the trolls to get on here to make assumptions and pass judgement on very little facts if any.

Rick February 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

@ Mother of 3—–#8

Monday, Monday is correct. He/she was letting boccegrl know that the last murder in Mtz. didn’t happen at the IHOP. Monday, Monday didn’t state the outcome of the case. That’s left up to the jury in court.

Mariut Khan February 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Known Christy and her mom for 30 years. Very tragic it came to this.

@Rick February 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

You’re aflame today, aren’t you?

Mariut Khan February 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The murder at IHOP was an undercover from Southern California, I believe.

concord resident February 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Wow, sad story, I hope this beast didn’t have any kids of her own.

Sandra February 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

@Rick, (11) STFU!

NonYa business February 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Your trippin Clayton valley Grad nothing bad in Vine hill maybe years ago but not now correct yourself

Dave February 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

NonYa business, #14.

About Vine Hill? And now it’s been confirmed…….

Marut Khan February 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Vine Hill used to be full of neo Nazis and white supremacists, as was shown a couple of July 4ths ago. Martinez is a nice place overall with the reduction of drug trafficking and the like.

Martinez February 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

There’s a lot of crime in Martinez, they just brush it under the rug.

WC Resident February 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Look into her eyes. Her pupils are sticato! Very black and pointed dots. She must have been on something. She scares me. So sorry for her dear mother and all the other people that are effected by this crime. Too bad.

James February 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM


Martinez is a very low crime town. Lower than WC and PH. We live in PH, and per capita, PH is higher than Concord. (Check Neighborhood Scout).

If you’re living in Vine Hill or downtown, you’re living in the wrong Martinez neighborhoods. Vine Hill is the worst.

The rest of Martinez is very nice. Schools are rated highly as well. (9 or 10 out of 10). I doubt it’s true for Vine Hill.

anon February 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

i do you think sandra @ 13 has crossed claycord etiquette lines?

anon February 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM

wondering about signs of someone on something. i can recognize stoned from pot. and learning to recognize the tweakers only because of their behaviors not just by physical signs. Sometimes I wouldnt be able to tell the difference between someone that had too much caffeine or energy drink vs. meth. And i thought the eyes got dilated when on something. re:18’s comment, what is sticato? i found a musical instrument ‘sticcato’. and staccato; something to do w/ music. Looking at her face I was thinking ‘shock’ ‘fear’. so when people say meth how do they know?

dmama February 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM

This woman and her mother lived on Duncan Drive when I was a kid. She was ALWAYS a wackadoo…talking to herself, screaming at imaginary people…surprised it took this long for her to snap

Cowellian February 19, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Sandra used all of her communication skills on post #13.

Walnut Creek Resident February 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

You say sticcato I say potato. tomato staccato -Anon,. I guess that was a strange analogy of mine. Just that the idea of a dot like her pupils remind me of short dot dot movements in the musical world. Never mind. This is too different. ):

Anon2you February 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Sad, her mother brought her into this world, and she took her mother out of it. At least she turned herself in, so she has that going for her…

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