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Authorities: Stepson said he 'whacked' former Lake Elsinore City Councilman killed last year


RIVERSIDE, California — Authorities say they have a confession from a stepson saying he "whacked" a former Lake Elsinore City Councilman who was stabbed and slashed to death in his home last year.

Simon Cortez was charged Wednesday with the murder of 76-year-old George Alongi.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise ( ) says Thursday that a court document indicates Cortez was recorded last month in jail, where he's doing time for a drug charge.

The document claims Cortez said of Alongi: "He beat my mom and put her into the hospital. I whacked him."

Cortez allegedly says he wore gloves, shaved his body to avoid leaving hair at the crime scene and threw away the murder weapon, a utility knife.

Cortez has yet to enter a plea, and prosecutors and deputies didn't know whether he's hired an attorney.

Information from: The Press-Enterprise,

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