ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A 39-year-old handyman is behind bars, charged with the murderof the woman who hired him to fix up her house in northwestAlbuquerque.
Police report that Kenton Warnock, 39, left clues with hiscousin and his mother about the murder of Peggy O'Neal, 60.
Warnock told his cousin he killed the 60-year-old woman he wasworking for and was suicidal about it, according to the policereport.
The suspect had been working for O'Neil for less than amonth.
The police report quotes Warnock's mother as saying KentonWarnock killed the woman by accident.
Police said they believe it was no accident. This weekend theyfound the body of the O'Neil wrapped in a blanket in the garageunderneath a mattress. She had been beaten to death.
"We are awaiting autopsy information for very specificinformation as to how that beating may have taken place, in otherwords was an instrument used or was it all by fisticuffs,"Albuquerque Police Spokesperson John Walsh said.
The woman's family from out of town called police when theyhadn't heard from her. Police said they had been searching for herfor two days, and she was hard to locate because she recently movedacross town.
"An unspeakable, terrible crime has been committed, not only toour shining star and this family but to this community. May herstar shine upon this earth and may justice be thorough and servedswiftly," O'Neil's son said in a statement.
Police said Warnock has an extensive criminal history in Ohio.He came to New Mexico after serving more than five years in an OhioState prison for drug and aggravated battery charges.
His crimes include a 2002 conviction for beating a woman whoworked as a security guard at a discount store because she tried toarrest him for shoplifting.
Throughout the many arrest reports, Warnock admitted to being asevere heroin addict.
Warnock was living with his mother until she kicked him out. Hisaddress on the police report is listed as transient.
Monday, he was charged with murder and his bond was set at$500,000. Police said that more charges could follow.
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