Martinez Woman Accused of Matricide Charged with Murder

February 21, 2014 · 20 comments

A woman accused of killing her mother at their shared home in Martinez last weekend has been charged with murder and inflicting injury on an elderly person.

Christy Lee Southwick, 53, appeared in court Thursday on charges stemming from the murder of her mother, 74-year-old LaJean Southwick.

An autopsy showed the victim’s cause of death to be multiple blunt force injuries including head injuries, a Contra Costa County coroner’s deputy said.

Officers responded to the Southwicks’ home in the 1500 block of Azalea Avenue on Sunday after Christy Southwick called police and said she “killed her mother and wanted to turn herself in,” Martinez police Detective Ryan Baillie said.

The officers entered the home and found the suspect along with her mother, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was arrested and taken to county jail in Martinez. Bail was set at $1 million.

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1 Speechless February 21, 2014 at 12:51 AM

There has to be a special place in h**l for this type of evil.

2 eyewhen February 21, 2014 at 7:06 AM

I agree Speechless, that old woman is swimming in a lake of fire right about now.

3 JET February 21, 2014 at 7:14 AM

I can’t understand how someone could hurt a family member like this…. that poor woman (the mother). Maybe the daughter had mental issues that caused this? RIP to the mother.

4 Chevrolet girl February 21, 2014 at 7:15 AM

I don’t are what issues she may have she is a sick and disgusting person!

5 Well February 21, 2014 at 7:20 AM

We need much stricter harassment / stalking laws. We all deserve the right to live our lives without being murdered.

6 WC February 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

So the mom cared for the daughter for 53 years, and now we’ll (us taxpayers) care for her the rest of her life. Well, after a few lawyers bill us for their time in defending her. Urgh, happy Friday.

7 Dorothy February 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

A bit of obvious legalities. She called the police, said she murdered her mother – of course they charge her with murder. WC (#6) is right, taxpayers will be paying for it for the rest of her, the murder’s, life.

8 Mimi (original) February 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Isn’t this the most ridiculous situation? The daughter confesses to killing her mother, but there will be lawyers to DEFEND her? Why on earth would this even go to court? A crime was committed. The perpetrator confessed. The victim is deceased. The perpetrator should go directly to jail, do not pass GO, do not collect $200, and most of all do not expend our tax dollars on a frivolous criminal case! Put her in jail and let her rot!

9 @WC February 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM

How do you know so much about who cared for whom for how long, etc? Or are you just talking out your ass?

10 Lucy February 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

also….who said that there was going to be a trial? She has been charged, she appeared in court… she confessed. So now the judge just needs to hand down the sentence. Case closed! RIP LaJean and I am so sorry you had to die this way. No one deserves what happened to you.

11 WC February 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

#9, It was the mom’s house (zillow) and the daughter was there. Ok, maybe your right, the 53 year old left the hospital after birth and just came back the other day…

12 WC February 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

#10, public defender will be assigned. I wish/hope it will be as simple as you described, “case closed”. Take a read on murderpedia.org, see all the public defenders entering ‘not guilty’ pleas.

This is entire situation where someone is murdered is awful. You wonder how it could come to something like this…

13 Idiocracy February 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

#8 Exactly, So tired of the delay in our justice system. That Boston bomber guy should have been hung 8 months ago. Why are we keeping these scum like Scott Peterson alive for? What a waste of money!

14 Sort of a heiku February 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Matricide a headline
A first for us
Priceless editing

15 Custer February 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Some of you might be surprised at how many
people confess to crimes they didn’t actually
commit.

16 StoneyGRL February 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

you just never know … what’s in someones heart … what hand you will be dealt … and when your time is up, and why …

it sucks that in this messed up world we live in, you can’t even trust your own family to love n care for you.

the women / the killer must be mentally ill – right?
who else does this!!!

prayers to the family of the victim

17 @WC February 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

So you don’t have any knowledge of what the situation was. Ever think of just keeping your mouth shut?

18 Sundance February 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

To all I’d you with your negative comments. Not that I’m defending murder, but how many if you have taken care of someone who needed around the clock assistance? While everyone says they would take care of a parent – are you prepared to change their diapers? Feed them? Bath them? Help them in and out of bed everyday and night? Take them to their medical appointments ( and there will be a lot). Have your life revolve around their needs 24/7 knowing that it will only get worse? I think the gal just snapped under the pressure. Something many of you might also do if you were put under the same pressure for a few years.

19 I hear you Sundance.... February 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

it’s even more frustrating when the patient sits in front of TV all day, menthol gigarette in one hand, Two-Buck Chuck in the other, and oxygen tubes up the nose…

20 NIcky February 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The sister of the man who was the suspects on and off boyfriend said she was bipolar, she wasn’t on her meds, and she had a drug problem (crank). She posted it on Claycord.

You can’t believe everything you read, but when I read statements like that, I give them the benefit of the doubt that they’re telling the truth.

That makes more sense than Sundance. People care for elderly parents all the time. I’m sure it can be very “trying”, but situations like this it’s usually more along the lines of “something’s wrong with this picture.”

This isn’t the end result of a loving, supportive family situation….

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