Dominic Chagolla Found Guilty of Murder in His Mother's 2010 Stabbing Death

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Dominic Chagolla was convicted of murdering his ma.
Dominic Chagolla was described as a bit of a mama's boy in court documents obtained by New Times detailing the death of his mother, Maria Chagolla, in December 2010.

Turns out, he wasn't that much of a mama's boy, as a jury found Dominic Chagolla guilty today of first-degree murder in his mom's stabbing death.

Maria Chagolla's body was found hidden under a blanket behind the passenger seat of the same car her son claimed she used to drop him off at a Glendale park the day she was reported missing.

Maria Chagolla was stabbed in the face several times, including in both eyes.

When she didn't come home after dropping her son off at the park that day, family members began to question Dominic -- who showed up back at the family's home shortly after leaving with his mother, and was the last person to see her alive.

Family members confronted Dominic, but he became "evasive," according to court documents.

He was 32 years old and had no job at the time, because his "mother gets him whatever he needs," the court documents stated.

Chagolla was living off his mother, and spent a lot of his time working out, often three times per day.

His excuses, naturally, included going for a run at the park he claimed his mother dropped him off at, and later going to the gym for another workout session.

The problem with his story was two tile setters who were working in the area where his mother was found dead.

They saw a light-skinned male walking in the area carrying a black gym bag, and watched him jump a fence leading to a residential neighborhood. He later came back over the fence, without the bag.

The workers found that bag in a trash can on the other side of the fence, and that bag was full o' bloody clothes.

A family friend later told police the bloody clothes and the bag both belonged to Dominic Chagolla. That friend also told police Chagolla left the house with that bag, and did not return with that bag.

Chagolla told police the bloody clothes were his, but he denied having any part in his mother's murder. Chagolla also claimed ownership of bloody shoes found in the bag, but claimed he'd thrown those out a while back.

Police asked him if his DNA would be found on one of the articles of clothing, to which he replied "no comment."

A jury found Chagolla guilty of first-degree murder and concealment of a dead body, and his sentencing is scheduled for June 29.

Chagolla's previous criminal history includes arrests for assault, criminal damage, and possessing burglary tools, and he was also named as a defendant in a purged domestic-violence case.

James King contributed to this post.

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