Man blames murder on voices in his head

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Man blames murder on voices in his head

By Lacey Crisp. CREATED May 22, 2013 - UPDATED: May 22, 2013

WEST ALLIS - A man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing a neighbor on Friday, May 17 at a mental health facility in West Allis.

John Vegas has been charged with stabbing another resident more than 30 times. This is the second murder at the facility since 2008.

“It's not shocking," said neighbor Jamie Herzog.

Police have arrested Vegas for the death of Barbara Blong. The body of the 63-year-old woman was found in a hallway of the transitional living services facility, where both live.

According to the criminal complaint, Vegas told police he had been hearing voices that "got him going" so he stabbed Blong in the front and the back 36 times. He also told police he was angry, but didn't remember why.

"I have two little kids I've already told them don't go over there, don't talk to those people," said neighbor Nancy Marseo.

TLS Behavior Health, the company that runs the facility, sent this statement: "We are focused on the safety and well-being of the residents of the building, making sure they have the resources they need at this difficult time."

Residents say miss Blong.

"She was very nice and friendly. She was very quiet," said resident Maurice McClinton.

Neighbors say something needs to be done for their safety.

"I did find out when the common council meets and I am going to go to see what they plan on doing, if anything," Marseo said.

Vegas was in court Wednesday, his attorney argued Vegas may not be competent to proceed. He'll be back in court next month.