Las Vegas man stabbed his 74-year-old mother nearly 70 times, killing her, detective says

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Pablo Bonilla, 34, charged with the murder of Paula Prado, 74

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas man accused of killing his mother last month stabbed her nearly 70 times, investigators said.

Pablo Bonilla, 34, is charged with killing Paula Prado, 74, in an apartment on the 2900 block of Juniper Hills Boulevard near Nellis Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive on September 14.

Bonilla surrendered to police holding two large knives, a teddy bear and a picture frame, according to documents obtained by 8 News Now investigators.

A grand jury indicted Bonilla for murder last week.

Pablo Bonilla, 34, is accused of killing his 74-year-old mother in an apartment on the 2900 block of Juniper Hills Boulevard near Nellis Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive. (LVMPD/KLAS)

During the grand jury hearing, a Metro Police detective told the panel that Prado had 68 stab wounds. Prado was stabbed “all over his body”, the detective said, including his face.

Prado also had defensive injuries to his hands, the detective said. Police believe she had attempted to remove the gun from her son.

Bonilla previously served time in prison for coercion, possession of a short-barreled firearm, use of a deadly weapon and attempted burglary, records show. Booking records indicate he was taken into custody at least 12 times, although some arrests were for skipping court.

Prior reservation photos for Pablo Bonilla. (LVMPD/KLAS)

Records showed Bonilla’s most recent prison sentence was for attempted burglary. Department of Corrections records showed Bonilla began his sentence in July 2020. A spokesperson confirmed the sentence ended in March, less than six months from the date of the September murder.

Police say Bonilla was “very uncooperative” after his arrest for murder and “banged his gun against the window” at the Clark County Jail.

Bonilla remained in custody at the jail on Monday where he was being held without bond.

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