SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield man is held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing his mother and later stealing and crashing a taxi cab.
Forty-one-year-old Luis Rosa was arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court on charges including murder, assault and armed carjacking.
Police say Rosa was arrested early Monday morning after flipping the taxi cab he had allegedly stolen after stabbing the 25-year-old driver with a butcher knife. The driver required treatment for a cut on his shoulder.
Rosa was later charged with killing his mother, 57-year-old Norma Perez, who was found dead in her apartment by relatives just before 5 p.m. Sunday. Relatives forced their way into the home after being unable to contact Perez. Police said theft may have been the motive for her killing.