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Phoenix man faces murder charge in mother’s death

PHOENIX – Authorities say a Phoenix man is being held in California in
connection with the stabbing death of his mother.

Phoenix police say 21-year-old Zachary Baxter is awaiting extradition to
Arizona from Long Beach, Calif.

A court warrant was issued Friday charging him with first-degree murder after
46-year-old Danette M. Baxter was found dead in her apartment on June 10.

Police say she died from multiple stab wounds.

That same night, California Highway Patrol pulled over Zachary Baxter in
downtown Long Beach for driving with his headlights off.

Baxter allegedly told the arresting officer that his mother was dead at home
and Long Beach police contacted Phoenix police.

Phoenix homicide detectives flew to Long Beach to interview the suspect and
process evidence. That led to the court warrant and charges filed.