Washington teen arrested in murder of father in Ketchikan

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Washington teen was arrested in Ketchikan Saturday and charged with murdering his father earlier this year.

Jose M. Mateu, 17, of Lake Stevens, Wash. was charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Jose R. Mateu, 48, was shot in the back of the head at his Ketchikan home on Jan. 13, Alaska State Troopers said.

The murder weapon appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle, according to court records. Investigators found a .22 caliber rifle with a spent casing in the chamber in the waters of George Inlet near the Mateu home. In addition, several boxes of .22 caliber bullets were found in the home and a spent casing was found in the teen's bedroom.

Forensic reports indicate the bullet fragments taken from the elder Mateu's body were from the rifle found in George Inlet.

According to court documents, a friend of the younger Mateu picked him up at his home at 10 p.m. on the night of Jan. 13. The woman told investigators Mateu ran into some bushes near George Inlet and soon returned, carrying a backpack. He spent the night at the friend's house and went to school the next morning.

Jose R. Mateu was found dead on Jan. 14 by troopers after he failed to show up for work. His body was found in a recliner in the back room of his home. Forensic reports indicate the gunshot was fired from a doorway behind the chair.

Jose M. Mateu told investigators he had been having problems with his father and the two had argued the night of the murder.

The teen agreed to return to Ketchikan and arrived Saturday evening. He was arrested at the Ketchikan airport and is being held on $100,000 bail at the Ketchikan Correctional Center.

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