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Man allegedly kills mother with ‘bladed object’ in Phoenix

Harlen Shelton (MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX — A man allegedly killed his 74-year-old mother with a “bladed object” this week, according to Phoenix police.

Police said officers responded to a call of a dead body at a residence near Seventh Street and Indian School Road on Wednesday around noon.

The officers found Tina Topali dead with “trauma observed on her body” that appeared to be caused by a “bladed object,” police said.

Police arrested Topali’s 50-year-old son Harlen Shelton as the suspect.

He was charged with one count each of second-degree murder and abandoning a dead body.

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