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Grover Beach Police have arrested 26-year-old Levente Laszlo Lazar in connection with the stabbing death of his mother, Athena Valentiny. According to the police complaint, Lazar stabbed his mother to death, then fled to his home in Indiana.

The District Attorney, Dan Dow, filed the charge of murder against Lazar, claiming Lazar attacked his mother last month. According to Dow, “the murder was committed willfully, deliberately and with premeditation.”

When they discovered Lazar was the killer, both District Attorney investigators and Grover Beach authorities went to Lazar’s home in Bloomington, Indiana to question him and search his home based off warrants issued in the investigation. This information was provided by Commander Simm Miller of the Grover Beach police department.

Lazar was arrested on November 6th. Currently, Lazar is held at Bloomington’s Monroe County Correctional Center, until he can be extradited to San Luis Obispo County. At this time, the evidence leading investigators to pursue Lazar has not been released, according to Cmdr. Miller. Miller has made it clear that the killing wasn’t a random event. “As far as we know now, this had something to do with her and this is related to her,” Miller pointed out.

The investigation continues at this time, with no motive for the killing having been released by authorities. At the time, records in court do not show Lazar as having retained counsel.

According to authorities in Grover Beach, Athena Valentiny was found dead in her home on South 9th Street, in the 200 block. Police had been asked to do a ‘welfare check’ on Valentiny, thus prompting the discovery.

According to a phone interview with Monica Ayon, Valentiny was an employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She had worked for them since 2011, having worked at the California State Prison in Corcoran until 2013. In 2013 she began working at California Men’s Colony, where she was a licensed Vocational nurse.

Valentiny owned a dog, whose name is Athena as well, but the pet has not been found. It is possible Lazar had something to do with the disappearance. Police are asking for any information regarding the killing, or the whereabouts of Valentiny’s dog, be relayed to Sergeant Juan Leon at 805-473-4511, or through email at jleon@gbpd.org. Should witnesses wish to remain anonymous, the can call CrimeStoppers, 805-549-7867, or visit the CrimeStoppers website.

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