Cops: Central Florida man says mother asked to be killed

Published On: Apr 24 2014 06:53:02 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2014 06:54:46 AM EDT
PALM COAST, Fla. -

A Central Florida man faces manslaughter charges in the death of his mother.

Authorities say 62-year-old Richard Guyton Mathews was being held on $250,000 bail at the Flagler County Jail after his Wednesday afternoon arrest.

The Daytona Beach News Journal reports Mary Shaw Mathews was found dead Feb. 21 inside her home.

Flagler County sheriff's officials say her body was found on a living room chair with no apparent signs of trauma. An employee of a funeral home called deputies a few days later and told them a "highly intoxicated" Mathews broke down while discussing funeral arrangements and told them his mother asked him to kill her, deputies said.

The medical examiner performed an autopsy and ruled she died by strangulation. Toxicology reports showed high levels of medications in her body.

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