Joseph McManus, with his booking photo and preliminary hearing appearance. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
An officer who first arrived at a home where a man and woman were shot said the couple's son, who is charged in the case, was out of breath, sweating and standing over his mother's body.
The testimony was part of a preliminary hearing Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court for 43-year-old Joseph McManus.
McManus was charged with two counts of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon in connection to the deaths of James McManus, 70, and Alma McManus, 67, on March 29.
Las Vegas Metro police said Joseph McManus called officers to the home he shared with his parents in the 4300 block of Cottontail Lane, just off Pecos Road.
According to an arrest report, McManus claimed he found his parents shot when he arrived home from a walk that night.
On Thursday, an officer described arriving at the home, stating McManus saying, "I just came home and both my parents were killed."
The officer also testified there was no blood on the suspect's hands, arms or clothing.
Police, though, pressed the suspect after his story did not line up with the evidence at the scene.
McManus, in the report, later admitted to pulling a handgun on his parents during a fight, with each struggling with Joseph for the weapon. Each of his parents were shot during the physical struggle, McManus was stated as saying in the report.
A neighbor said the 43-year-old is mentally ill and needed constant care and supervision from his parents.
Despite his illness, the neighbor said McManus was never violent or aggressive.
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