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Man claims it felt good to kill his mother and remove her heart

By Mason White 3:02 PM October 8, 2015
Omar and Nailah Pettigen 

By: Chan Yuan
A man of California, was arrested and charged with murder after killing his mother.

31-year-old Omar Pettigen, who brutally murdered his mother with an ax and hammer before cutting out her heart, told police that killing felt good, police said.

The mother, who was a retired high school teacher, has been identified as 64-year-old Nailah Pettigen. She was found dead in her apartment in Fremont, which she shared with her son.

The woman’s former husband called police for a welfare check after he was unable to reach her or her son.

His son Omar, was arrested a few days later, and was arraigned on charges of murder and desecration of a corpse.

The 31-year-old man told detectives that he attacked his mother with a hammer and an ax before he took a gun from the closet and shot her in the back several times before removing her heart, according to court documents.

Pettigen is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, without bail.