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Maria Huezo Diaz, 77

Maria Huezo Diaz, a 77-year-old Latina, was found dead Monday, Jan. 20, near the 4000 block of West Victory Boulevard in Burbank, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Huezo Diaz's body was found wrapped in a blanket in an alley behind her Burbank apartment. An autopsy showed that Huezo Diaz died from a lack of oxygen because of neck and chest compression, said Ed Winter, a spokesman with the coroner’s office.

Her 40-year-old son, Moises Diaz, was arrested Jan. 20 in connection with the killing.

Moises Diaz, who shared the Burbank apartment with his mother, was charged with one count of murder on Jan. 22, according to a Los Angeles County district attorney's news release.

On Jan. 23 he pleaded not guilty. Diaz is being held on $1-million bail and expected back in court on April 29.

-- Maloy Moore and Hailey Branson-Potts

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