LORAIN — The 25-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his mother Sunday suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, according to police.
Lorain police Lt. Ed Super said detectives are still looking into Zachary Manilla’s mental health issues, but they are aware of them and that a guardian had recently been appointed to look after Manilla’s interests.
Super said Manilla admitted to police that he had stabbed his mother, 51-year-old Kimberley Manilla, in the backyard of her daughter’s home at 418 Concord Drive.
“He gave us some statements, but nothing specific to say this is why,” he said.
Defense attorney Michael Camera also said that the younger Manilla had only recently been released from a mental health facility in Willoughby and his family was aware of his problems. He said once the murder case against his client is bound over to Lorain County Common Pleas Court he will ask a judge to order reviews of his client’s sanity and competency to stand trial.
“I was with (the family) very briefly, and all parties seemed very concerned,” Camera said.
A person answering the door at Kimberley Manilla’s home Monday afternoon said the family didn’t want to comment on the matter.
Super said that Manilla and her boyfriend had gone to her daughter’s home Sunday to check on traps that had been placed in the area to capture feral cats. He said Zachary Manilla, who had recently been homeless, was staying in the garage of the home with permission from his sister.
While Kimberley Manilla was in the backyard, Super said the boyfriend went out front and when he returned to the back, he found Kimberley Manilla bleeding on the ground.
“He doesn’t know what happened,” Super said. “He didn’t hear anything.”
Super said the boyfriend called out to Zachary Manilla, who was in the garage, for help and when he didn’t respond, he got help from a neighbor.
A woman called 911 around noon Sunday to report that Kimberley Manilla was on the ground and bleeding, and the caller said it was possible she had fallen and hit her head. She also said Kimberley Manilla didn’t appear to be breathing, but she began administering CPR.
Kimberley Manilla was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Super said when police arrived, they took Zachary Manilla into custody and got a search warrant for the garage and recovered what officers suspect is the weapon used in the slaying. He declined to say what that was.
Manilla entered a not guilty plea to murder during a brief appearance in Lorain Municipal Court on Monday, and his bond was set at $1 million. He is being held at the Lorain City Jail.
Manilla’s only conviction in Lorain County appears to have been a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct by intoxication out of Avon Lake Municipal Court in 2014.
He and his family also received a $34,000 settlement after he was bitten by a neighbor’s dog in 1995 when he was 7. Lorain County Probate Court records indicate the attack left him with scarring on his face.
Manilla also was the subject of a missing person alert in late December 2015, with police noting he had been staying at a homeless shelter and suffered from PTSD. He was found a short time after police asked the public for help in locating him.