REPORT: Man who beat mother to death with hammer blames allergy medicine for attack


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There’s no dispute that David Noel McGee Jr. beat his mother to death with a claw hammer in their Escondido apartment last year. The question is: Why?

On Thursday, his defense attorney told a North County jury that her client — who she said has no history of violence — had overdosed on generic antihistamines, taking at least 80 allergy pills. The attack, she said, happened in “a fog of Benadryl.”

The article goes on to state the following:

“The truth is on Feb. 1, 2017, David did kill his mom. But there is a difference between killing and murder,” Deputy Public Defender Lindsay Itzhaki said during opening statements in McGee’s trial.

McGee, 26, has pleaded not guilty to murder and using a hammer to kill his mother Rebecca “Becky” Apodaca — an attack so brutal, the prosecutor will not show autopsy photos to the jury in the Vista courtroom of Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman.

There is also not much dispute that McGee ingested dozens of antihistamine pills. A toxicology screening showed diphenhydramine levels so extraordinarily high, he could have taken 100 or more, at 25 milligrams a pill, the prosecutor said.

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