Report: Stepson confessed to killing ex-councilman

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Updated: 3/20/2014 9:37 pm

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they have a confession from a stepson saying he "whacked" a former Lake Elsinore City Councilman who was stabbed and slashed to death in his home last year.

Simon Cortez was charged Wednesday with the murder of 76-year-old George Alongi.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Thursday that a court document indicates Cortez was recorded last month in jail, where he's doing time for a drug charge.

The document claims Cortez said of Alongi: "He beat my mom and put her into the hospital. I whacked him."

Cortez allegedly says he wore gloves, shaved his body to avoid leaving hair at the crime scene and threw away the murder weapon, a utility knife.

Cortez has yet to enter a plea, and prosecutors and deputies didn't know whether he's hired an attorney.

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