A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder Thursday in the fatal stabbing of a 63-year-old woman identified by police as Adriana Terry.
The soft-spoken teenager, who was accompanied by his mother and uncle, was barely tall enough to reach the podium in juvenile court, where District Judge Carmen Kelsey read the charge.
"I reviewed the offense report. I'm going to find probable cause for the offense of murder," Kelsey told the boy.
San Antonio police were called Wednesday afternoon to a home at 13501 Coleridge, where Terry lived.
When officers arrived, they found Terry on the floor of her blood-covered bathroom.
According to a police report, Terry had been stabbed with a butcher knife several times. She was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived.
"A case like this, with the dynamics, we do not see this too often," said Officer Matt Porter, a police spokesman.
The report stated that the boy, whose name isn't being released because he's a juvenile, told officers he killed Terry because he "loved his dad" and would "do anything his dad told him to do."
But, in court, the teenager acted like he had no idea what he had told officers when the judge brought it to his attention
"What are you talking about?" the teenager said to the Kelsey.
Kelsey responded, "in this police report they're saying a lady by the name...," but before she could finish the sentence, he replied, "I have no idea".
The teenager will remain in juvenile custody and is scheduled for another court appearance later this month.
J.P. Gonzalez, a son of Terry's, said that his mother treated the teen like a grandson.
"She was like a mother figure to him," Gonzalez said. "Why would he do it? Why would you bite the hand that feeds you? I don't know."
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KSAT 12 News reporter Simon Gutierrez contributed to this story.