Man Faces Murder Charge in Mom's Death

An El Cajon man was in custody Monday, accused of killing his mother and assaulting his brother.

The attack happened just after 5 p.m. Sunday at a home on Hidden Crest Drive, south of Dehesa Road and east of Jamacha Road in unincorporated El Cajon.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to an assault.

When they arrived, they found a 63-year-old woman with serious injuries to her upper body. Emergency personnel began CPR while taking the woman to the hospital. The medical team at the hospital pronounced her dead soon after.

Deputies say the woman’s 34-year-old son “severely physically” assaulted her and then turned on his older brother.

The brother managed to escape and call 911.

Deputies say they took Erik Enrique Margain into custody on Gustavo Street soon after the attack.

He faces a murder charge for the death of his mother, Martha Margain-Velarde, and an attempted murder charge for injuries suffered by his 37-year-old older brother.

The older brother has not been identified. Officials said he was seriously injured and was still hospitalized Monday evening.

Margain was scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday, May 20.

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