Early Oct. 23, Barbara Jensen Teague tried to have an involuntary psychiatric hold placed on her 50-year-old son after noticing his increasingly strange behavior the past few days that culminated with him rambling about religious issues, court documents say.
She was concerned for the mental well-being of her son, Matthew Jensen, who lived with her, but said she wasn't worried about her own safety as he hadn't been violent or threatening, the documents say she told Tehachapi police.
Upon interviewing Jensen at a Tehachapi hospital, police found him to be calm and polite, according to the documents. He made some unusual comments, such as saying he solved the mystery of the Constitution, but said he didn't feel like hurting himself or anyone else.
A nurse told police Jensen earlier got out of bed and ran down the hallway yelling his mother needed to be saved, according to the documents. He also said his mother was dead.
Police recommended Teague take her son to a psychologist but saw no reason for further action, the documents say.
Hours later, Jensen crept into his 75-year-old mother's bedroom and stabbed her 42 times, according to the documents.
Upon his arrest after fleeing to Mohave County, Ariz., Jensen told deputies he was under the influence of Russian mind control and had heard voices telling him to kill his mother. He said he hadn't slept in nine days.
"I did what they told me," he told deputies. "I killed my own mother."
Jensen is being held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder. He's next due in court Jan. 17.
He wore paper clothing at an earlier court appearance, an indication he was on suicide watch. The recently released court documents say arresting deputies in Arizona found deep cuts to Jensen's wrists and puncture wounds to his chest.
Mohave County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a location off Interstate 40 after Jensen called 911 at 11:48 p.m. Oct. 23 and said he had killed his mother and was trying to kill himself, according to the documents. Arriving deputies saw Jensen's wrists were cut, his tendons and ligaments showing. He also appeared to have puncture wounds to his chest.
The Mohave deputies took him to a hospital and contacted the Kern County Sheriff's Office regarding what Jensen had said about his mother. Kern deputies arrived at Teague's house in the 19900 block of Luana Drive and discovered a grisly scene in the southwest bedroom: Teague's body lying in a bed amid blood-soaked sheets and pillows.
A wooden-handled "SOG" knife with possible blood on it was found in a dresser in a northeast bedroom where Jensen slept, the documents say. A hospital wrist band with Jensen's name was on the floor near his bed.
Deputies found a number of weapons in a safe in the garage: a Shinwa sword; Sig Sauer .380 handgun; Kimber Ultra Carry II handgun; Sturm Ruger M77 rifle; and a Taurus 9mm handgun.
While recovering at an Arizona hospital, Jensen told Kern investigators he had been "incredibly happy" while living with his mother for the past year, the documents say.
But around 4:40 a.m. Oct. 23, Jensen said, he entered her bedroom armed with a knife and began stabbing her as she slept. He said she began thrashing around and yelled for him to stop, the documents say. He ignored her.
"I kept going," Jensen told investigators.
After inflicting dozens of wounds, he washed the blood off his hands, loaded the family dog into his mother's silver 2007 Mazda sedan and began driving east with no particular destination in mind, he told investigators.
Jensen said he later stopped off the highway in Arizona as his guilt overwhelmed him. He attempted to kill himself.
"I knew what I had done," the documents say he told investigators.
Jensen was transported from Arizona to Bakersfield in mid-November and booked into the downtown jail.