PORTLAND, Ore. -- Prosecutors say a Portland man arrested in the death of his uncle lied at first about what happened, then confessed to killing him.
Matthew Bigboy, 22, appeared in court Monday for his arraignment on murder charges, six days after his uncle, Eugene Bigboy, 61, was found dead in his Northeast Portland apartment.
According to court records, the younger man originally told police his uncle had been stabbed by two strangers near a MAX platform.
But after police checked surveillance footage from the MAX stop and found no evidence of a crime, Bigboy admitted to killing his uncle during a drunken argument, an affidavit says.
Bigboy admitted he flew into a “black-out type rage” after his uncle hit him. He responded by stabbing Eugene Bigboy several times in the back and stomping on his head.
The victim in this case was in poor health and police thought at first he died of natural causes. Three days later, the autopsy by deputy state medical examiner, Dr. Christopher Young, concluded that Bigboy had been murdered.
Police arrested his nephew yesterday at his home in North Portland.