Oviedo man indicted for allegedly killing mother near UCF
An Oviedo man was indicted by a Seminole County grand jury with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of his mother Tuesday.
Jacqueline Ortiz, 45, was found dead in her Oviedo home on Oct. 19, and deputies say her son Joshua Ortiz, 20, either strangled or smothered her, stole her car and fled. He was arrested in Maryland two days later, and later admitted to killing his mother.
Although Seminole County deputies recommended a second-degree murder charge, the grand jury decided on a harsher crime.
Ortiz has a history of altercations with Oviedo Police dating back to January 2010, including one dealing with domestic battery between Ortiz and his mother, according to arrest reports from the Oviedo Police Department. In the incident with his mother, the report states he pushed her on the ground and slapped her during an argument.
Other reports include possession of marijuana and trespassing on school grounds.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the state hasn't decided if it will pursue the death penalty.