Man charged with killing son allegedly said boy was demon

Jan. 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM   |   Comments

PHOENIX, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Phoenix man accused of killing his teenage son with an ax allegedly said he thought the boy was a demon trying to eat him, police said.

Gary Sherrill, 51, is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

He was arrested Tuesday after police found the body of his son, David, 13, in his home, the Arizona Republic reported. The man's ex-wife had requested a welfare check, saying Sherrill had taken the boy for a visit Monday, had not returned him and would not open the door.

Sherrill allegedly first told police people were out to get him and then described his son as a demon and said the boy was trying to eat him, the newspaper said.

In a separate incident, two young girls and their father were found dead Wednesday in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson. Investigators say it appears Alejandro Gallardo, 45, shot the girls, ages 6 and 8, and then turned the gun on himself.

Gallardo had recently argued with the girls' mother and their relationship had become rocky, neighbors said.

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