Murder suspect thought victim was a ‘witch’

RITZVILLE, WA (WCMH) — A man arrested in connection to the gruesome murder of his child’s mother near Ritzville, Washington early Tuesday morning had snorted meth and cocaine and thought she was a witch, court documents obtained by KHQ-TV state.

Manuel Argomaniz Camargo, 33, told detectives he left Chicago late Saturday with the victim and their child with the intent of selling a pound of meth in Washington State. He said he had snorted meth and cocaine to help him stay awake, but the drugs “made him feel weird,” and he began to think everyone was a police officer.

He told police he thought the woman he was with was a witch controlling their car, so he started yelling at her for trying to kill them with “witchcraft.”

He said the woman went for a knife that was in the center console, so he stabbed her, KHQ-TV reports. The suspect then said he tried to burn the vehicle by sticking his shirt in the gas tank and lighting it on fire, but the shirt would not catch fire, so he instead stabbed the woman in the chest and neck.

The woman’s body was found next to the car with a screwdriver sticking out of her chest.

The 3-year-old child was not harmed. Camargo is being held on a $2 million bond.

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