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Casa Grande man indicted in stabbing attacks

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A Casa Grande man has been indicted for allegedly stabbing his mother to death last month and wounding his aunt.

Deputies say 38-year-old Joseph Cain Cecil almost killed his aunt as well, but a neighbor stepped in.

Back in October, that neighbor saved the aunt's life and spoke exclusively with FOX 10.

It was a pretty gruesome murder, but with a twist.

The accused killer, Cecil, told his neighbor that he murdered his mom because "God told him to do it."

Pinal County prosecutors say Cecil is facing charges of premeditated first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

It's unclear if Cecil has a lawyer yet. He has a Nov. 25 pretrial conference.

County sheriff's officials say 65-year-old Ronna Thomas was found stabbed inside a home on Oct. 4. She later was pronounced dead at a Casa Grande hospital.

The victim's 63-year-old sister was taken to a Phoenix hospital for treatment after Cecil allegedly attacked her along with a neighbor who tried to help the victims.

Authorities say the unidentified neighbor hit Cecil several times with a shovel to stop the attacks.

Follow this story: PCSO: Man fatally stabs mom, says 'God make me do it'

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