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Woodside Man Indicted for Murder in Stabbing Death of Mother

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Sept. 30, 2020 By Christian Murray

A Woodside man who allegedly butchered his 78-year-old mother to death with a meat cleaver earlier this year has been indicted on murder charges.

David Galicia, 48, of 41st Avenue in Woodside, allegedly killed his mother during the early hours of April 24 by striking her in the head with a meat cleaver in the apartment where they both lived.

Police received a 911 call shortly after 7 a.m. and at the entrance to the building at 41st Avenue and 68th Street, discovered a bloody trail leading to the apartment shared by the defendant and his mother, Carmelita Cabansag.

Inside, police found the body of the 78-year-old woman lifeless on the kitchen floor. She had multiple puncture wounds to her head and a blood covered meat cleaver was beside her body, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Galicia was also inside the apartment with what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries. He was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“The victim in this case should have been enjoying her golden years. Instead, her life came to a bloody and brutal end, and the accused is her own son,” said Melinda Katz, Queens District Attorney.

Galicia was arraigned this afternoon on an indictment charging him with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder remanded the defendant and set the return date for Dec. 9, 2020

Galicia faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison.

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