A Burbank man pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count of murder for the alleged killing of his 77-year-old mother, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Moises Diaz, 40, was arrested Monday after his mother, identified as Maria Huezo Diaz, was found dead, wrapped in blankets, next to a dumpster in the 4000 block of West Victory Boulevard, the Burbank Leader reported.
The pair lived together in the apartment complex.
According to police, Huezo Diaz died of “asphyxia by neck compressions.”
Moises Diaz is being held in lieu of $1-million bail. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who may have been in the area between 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday is urged to call Burbank police at (818) 238-3210.
Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said the slaying was the city's first homicide of 2014. Since 2007, at least 10 homicides have been reported in Burbank, according to The Times Homicide Report database.
Alene Tchekmedyian is a Times Community News staff writer.