Son charged with mother's death

The son of a Kingman woman slain during the Christmas holidays has been charged in her death.

Robert Larue Brown Jr., is being held in California on a Mohave County Sheriff's Office arrest warrant charging him with second degree murder in the death of his mother, Cecilia Gloria Antipala.

Deputies discovered Antipala's body around 10:15 a.m.

Wednesday in the bedroom of her Butler home.

Brown, 29, was arrested Sunday in Long Beach, Calif., while driving in his mother's car.

He is being held in Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Mohave County on the murder charge.

His extradition hearing is being held today in Los Angeles Municipal Court.

He is being held without bond, according to LA County court records.

Antipala's other son, Bob Roussel, who lives in Florida, said by e-mail that he called his mother Christmas Day and again on her birthday, Dec.

28.

She did not answer her phone either day.

Worried, Roussel called the Mohave County Sheriff's Office after the first of the year.

He said deputies noticed her car was missing from the driveway but that nothing else looked suspicious.

Roussel said his wife called the sheriff's office Wednesday and told them to enter Antipala's home in the 3200 block of Potter Avenue.

An autopsy performed Thursday ruled her death as a homicide, Lyman said.

Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan said Antipala was strangled.

Antipala, 56, had rented the singlewide mobile home for about two years, while Brown lived with her on and off for about a year, according to neighbors.