BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KTLA) -- The Tehachapi man accused of stabbing his own mother 42 times, then going on the run before he was caught in Arizona, alleges he was molested as a child and blames his mom.
That, according to court documents obtained by Bakersfield television station KERO.
Matthew Jensen, 52, was arrested in Kingman, Arizona, in late October 2017 on a second-degree murder charge. He’s accused of killing his mother, 75-year-old Barbara Teague.
Investigators say Teague was found dead in her Tehachapi home, and after a postmortem exam it was determined that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds and incised wounds.
According to the Kern County coroner, the crime happened on Oct. 23, 2017. Jensen was extradited to Kern County in November of 2017.
Last month, investigators found a document — dated Nov. 23, 2009 — on Jensen’s laptop claiming that Jensen had been molested as a child. He added that he was “very critical of his mother” because he felt she didn’t do enough to stop the abuse.
A witness also told deputies that Jensen was having financial problems with the IRS, back child support and that he had defaulted on his truck loan. According to the documents, the witness said Jensen had also displayed signs of depression before Teague’s murder.
Earlier court documents show Jensen told investigators he was “under Russian mind control” and that he was hearing voices. He said “the voices had told him to kill his mother. … ‘I did what they told me, I killed my own mother.'”