Gustavo Reyes Jr

Gustavo Reyes Jr., 29, is charged with killing his father in Avondale. 

Gustavo Reyes Jr., charged with killing his father, faces a preliminary hearing Thursday, Jan. 23, at Maricopa County Superior Court.

The alleged crime took place in Avondale Jan. 12, two days before the younger Reyes turned 29.

Prosecution documents state Reyes “without premeditation did knowingly cause the death of Gustavo Reyes Sr.”

The elder Reyes was killed at 11405 W. Cocopah Street, where he and his son lived.

According to the Avondale Police probable cause report, Reyes’ brother called 911 around 11 a.m. “after (the brother) received a call from his mother telling him his brother Gustavo Reyes Jr. had just killed their father.”

Gustavo Reyes Jr. called 911 shortly after “and told the dispatcher he had just killed his father with a knife and put the knife in the dishwasher,” according to the police report.

“At about 11:06 a.m., patrol officers arrived on scene and discovered Gustavo Reyes Jr. covered in blood walking around the living room of the residence. Only feet away (was) the victim who was laying on the floor with stab wounds to his face (and) torso,” said the report.

Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased, according to the report.

The younger Reyes was taken to a hospital for a cut on his leg.

“While at the hospital Gustavo made spontaneous statements about killing the victim,” said the report.

The brother told police he  dropped off Reyes Jr. at the residence around 10:30.

Police found “a half-broken bloody knife” in the kitchen sink of the home, according to the police report.

Gustavo Reyes Jr. is being held on $1 million bail at the Fourth Avenue Jail. The police report described him as “mentally disturbed.” No previous convictions were noted.