UPDATE:Grandma thinks money denial prompted pipe beating

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Suspect has been indicted


Jose Manuel Salazar, 33, has been indicted on felony charges for the alleged lead-pipe beating of his grandparents.

Salazar is charged with first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

According to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office probable cause statement, a witness to the attack called 911 on July 18, stating that his elderly neighbors were being beaten and he could see that the victims were bleeding from their heads. He also described the attacker.

When Phoenix police officers arrived, they found the male victim lying in a pool of blood and unconscious. The female victim had injuries to her head and body but was conscious.

The woman identified Salazar as the assailant and he was arrested by sheriff's deputies.

The male victim was pronounced brain dead at Good Samaritan Hospital and taken off of life support.

The probable cause statement adds that the grandmother believes the attack was prompted by Salazar's request for money, which was not granted.


PHOENIX - There is tragic news in the case of a man police say was beaten by his own grandson.

The elderly man died Saturday in the hospital. Authorities say 33-year old Jose Salazar brutally beat his grandparents with a pipe on Friday.

Neighbors called 911 after finding the couple in the yard of the Valley home the three shared. Salazar now faces first-degree murder charges.

The grandmother is in critical condition but doctors expect her to survive.


PHOENIX -- A man is in custody after allegedly beating his grandparents with a pipe.

Jose Salazar, 33, barricaded himself inside a home near 67th Avenue and Broadway Road after the alleged assault, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Lindsey Smith.

He is now in custody.

Neighbors called 911 after they found the severely beaten grandparents lying outside in the yard.

The two victims are in critical condition. Smith said the grandfather is on life support. It is believed that the grandmother will be OK.

Smith said Salazar has a violent history.