Mesa police release 911 call in mom's killing

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities in Mesa have released the 911 call of a man whose teenage stepson is accused in a killing.

Michael Roy Helms, 16, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. He's accused of killing his mother, concealment of a dead body and tampering with evidence.

The name of the stepfather is redacted from a 911 recording released Monday by Mesa police.

He says the teen hit him in the head with a frying pan when he came home on Oct. 26.

"I just walked into my house and my son assaulted me with a frying pan," the stepfather said. "I think I got four feet in the house when I got hit in the face with frying pan."

Police later found the body of 36-year-old Tina Helms Spencer in a backyard shed at the family's property.

Authorities believe Spencer was struck with a frying pan and a hammer and also was choked.

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