Statement: Man killed woman, son in 'blind rage'

Posted: November 28, 2013

Carlos Rivera told police that Atlanta Deveney was "the love of my life" and that she and her 12-year-old son were "all I had."

Still, when Deveney told him they were through, Rivera - fueled by PCP and two bottles of brandy - went into what he called a "blind rage."

When it was over, police say, Deveney, 35, was strangled and 12-year-old Elijah Rosado stabbed repeatedly and left with two blades still in his body.

Rivera's four-page statement to Philadelphia Homicide Detective Brian J. Peters was the only evidence introduced Tuesday at a preliminary hearing where Rivera, 26, was held for trial on two counts of murder and related charges by Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter.

Two days after the predawn Oct. 3 slaughter, Rivera returned to Deveney's apartment in the 4600 block of Howell Street.

There, according to police, he put the two bodies in a closet with a bloody mattress and lit a fire with cooking oil in what Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly called an attempt to destroy evidence of the two slayings.

Defense attorney Richard J. Giuliani did not contest the charges during the hearing. Afterward, he said Rivera had a "significant history of mental health issues" that he planned to develop as a defense.

Giuliani added that Rivera had been in a relationship with Devaney for four years and helped her move into the Howell Street apartment just the week before.

"What we heard in there was horrible," Giuliani said. "And his explanation for what happened and what he did is bizarre."

After Devaney was dead, for example, Rivera told detectives he went into Elijah's bedroom and stabbed the boy to death.

"I couldn't take it no more," Rivera's statement reads. "I didn't want to see him without his mother."

Rivera told detectives he left the apartment but returned Saturday because no one had reported the killings.

"I lit the fire so that someone would find them," Rivera told detectives.


jslobodzian@phillynews.com

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