SON EX­TRA­DITED IN MOM’S DEATH

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY MATT FOUN­TAIN AND GABBY FER­REIRA

The son of a Grover Beach woman found slain in her home has been ex­tra­dited to San Luis Obispo County.

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-

eled to in­ter­view him and serve a search war­rant.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested Lazar on Nov. 6 on sus­pi­cion of the mur­der and booked him at the Mon­roe County Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in Bloom­ing­ton pend­ing ex­tra­di­tion to San Luis Obispo County, a Grover Beach po­lice com­man­der said at the time.

The same day, the District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice filed a sin­gle count of mur­der against Lazar, a charge that car­ries a sen­tenc­ing en­hance­ment in­volv­ing the use of a knife.

Of­fi­cials have not dis­closed a pos­si­ble mo­tive.

Lazar faces the pos­si­bil­ity of life in prison if con­victed of pre­med­i­tated first-de­gree mur­der, as well as the en­hance­ment, ac­cord­ing to court records.

He is sched­uled to be ar­raigned in San Luis Obispo Su­pe­rior Court on Mon­day.

Athena Valentiny

Levente Lazar

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