Man ex­tra­dited who al­legedly stabbed his mother to death


The son of a Grover Beach woman found stabbed to death in her home in Oc­to­ber was ex­tra­dited to San Luis Obispo County on Thurs­day to face mur­der charges.

San Luis Obispo County Jail records show that 26-year-old Levente Las­zlo Lazar was booked at about 7:40 p.m. Thurs­day from Bloom­ing­ton, In­di­ana, where he was ar­rested by San Luis Obispo County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and Grover Beach po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

He’s charged in the al­leged mur­der of his mother, Athena Ilona Valentiny, who was found found stabbed to death in her home in the 200 block of South 9th Street on Oct. 25 af­ter po­lice ar­rived at the res­i­dence to con­duct a wel­fare check, ac­cord­ing to a Grover Beach po­lice news re­lease.

Valentiny was a li­censed vo­ca­tional nurse at the Cal­i­for­nia Men’s Colony, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman there. Valentiny had been em­ployed at the prison since 2013, but had been with the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion since 2011. She pre­vi­ously worked at Cal­i­for­nia State Prison, Cor­co­ran.

Lazar is sus­pected of killing his mother then flee­ing to Bloom­ing­ton, where San Luis Obispo County au­thor­i­ties trav-

Athena Valentiny

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