It made Ari Liggett happy to cook dinner for his mother.
One of her favorite meals was spaghetti with red sauce.
But was a handwritten change to 56-year-old Beverly Liggett’s will enough to turn her son to murder?
That’s what prosecutors are hoping to prove.
Ari Liggett is the 24-year-old Centennial man who dabbled with chemicals and is thought to have poisoned his mother after being removed from her will.
However, testimony given during his June 3 preliminary hearing suggests Liggett was not removed from his mother’s will, but rather had a conservator appointed to manage his interests.
Liggett was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in October 2012 after law enforcement officers allegedly found body parts in the back of his gold Honda CRV.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Investigator Craig Clark testified that the remains of Beverly Liggett’s body were contained in two large, locked plastic tubs filled with a mixture of cottonseed oil and vinegar.
Police reports state Liggett told authorities that he did not kill his mother, but did hope to hide the body so he could use her credit cards, calling on “two friends from jail to help get rid of the problem.”
Liggett could not provide names, ages, addresses or any identification for the friends.
According to investigators’ reports, Liggett believed that if no one knew his mother was dead he could spend her money. He said he planned to seal the boxes with silicone putty, lock them in a rented storage building in the mountains and let his mother’s body slowly dissolve in the vinegar mixture.
Statements show Liggett may have even gone as far as calling his mother’s employer and texting her fiance on her cell phone after her death.
Investigators from both Greenwood Village and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office defined Liggett’s behavior during his arrest as “flat” and his statements as nonsensical and more stream of consciousness.
Among Liggett’s first statements to authorities were questions about probable cause and insanity, descriptions of “shape-shifters” and how a fourth-grade teacher allegedly raped him.
Family members reported Liggett and his mother missing from the home they shared in the 6200 block of East Peakview Avenue on Oct. 15, 2012.
A search of the home found a shot glass containing potassium cyanide in the refrigerator, traces of blood, vomit, and a handsaw and knife in the dishwasher. Spaghetti with red sauce was found in the home and in contents of Beverly Liggett’s stomach.