Anderson, SC (FOX Carolina) - The Anderson County man accused by deputies of murder in the strangling death of his mother claimed self-defense and that he was a victim of "witchcraft" during his bond hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
Coroner Greg Shore said EMS was called to a house on Towhee Trail around 10:14 p.m. Monday for an unconscious person.
The victim, 57-year-old Celeste Lowie was found in cardiac arrest and transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m., Shore said.
Lowie's death was ruled a homicide.
On Tuesday morning, deputies said the victim's son, Nafis Nicholas Mena, was arrested and charged with murder.
The arrest warrant states Mena caused Lowie's death by choking her.
Just after 5 p.m. Mena went before a judge for a bond hearing.
He asked to speak about the events leading up to the incident and told the judge that his mother tried to attack him with a knife.
"There was nowhere I could run," Mena said
Mena said he was trying to get the knife away, and that's when he put his mother in a choke hold.
"Long story short, I get her to sleep, and I got up off of her," Mena said, but claims he saw her breathing afterward.
Mena maintains that he did not know his mother had passed away.
“How do I even know this is true? It could be completely false and I would not have any idea," Mena said during his hearing. "This is a complete surprise to me. I still don’t know if I believe it.”
The suspect also told the judge his mother had been "doing witchcraft" on him for more than two years.
The judge denied bond and said she was going to send a mental health representative to speak with Mena.
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