Bryan man admits to smothering his mother to death

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 3:59pm

A Bryan man is in jail Monday after police say he smothered his elderly mother to death.

Phillip Ortega was arrested in Conroe late last week after his mother, 79-year-old Velma Bryant, was found dead in her home.

Autopsy reports initially indicated Bryant died of natural causes but Bryant's car and several electronic items were found missing.

Detectives picked up Ortega after he was found driving his mom's car.

During questioning, Ortega admitted to police he smothered his mother with a pillow and sold her belongings for cash and drug money.


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