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Mesa stepdad to 911: I feared for my life in frying pan attack

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MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

The stepfather of a 16-year-old boy accused of killing his mom with a frying pan and hammer and choking her in a rage told 911 dispatchers he feared for life as the youth attacked him.

Mesa police released the 911 recording on Monday in connection with the death of 36-year-old Tina Helms Spencer, whose body was found Oct. 26 in a backyard shed at the family's property.

"I got four feet in the house when I got hit with a frying pan," the stepfather told a 911 dispatcher in a calm voice.

The victim's 16-year-old son, Michael Helms, was arrested and booked into jail on charges of first-degree murder of his mother, attempted first-degree murder of his stepfather, three counts of aggravated assault on the stepfather, concealment of a dead body and tampering with evidence.

"I grabbed a frying pan to try to defend myself and he came at me like crazy," the stepfather said.

He went on to describe what Helms did next.

"He said he was going to kill me and said, 'You can die and go to hell,' and started raising the pan at me over and over."

During the recording, the stepfather tried to ask the boy the whereabouts of Tina Spencer. He said the boy told him she was not at home.

"I didn't get a chance to see whether she's in bed or not," the stepfather told 911. "She's supposed to be getting up for work right now."

The stepfather is heard on the tape gasping for breath at times because he said he suffers asthma.

"He tried not to let me call the police," the stepfather told the dispatcher. "I tried to get out the door and he attacked me with the [frying] pan again. Then he dragged me back in the house and threw me down and held me down."

The stepfather was finally able to break free and fled the house. He made the 911 call as he was driving up the street to his mother-in-law's house.

"I have a huge lump on my face," he told 911. "I don't know the extent of it."

The 911 operator told him to turn around and drive back to his home, where officers would meet him.

Helm's friend, 17-year-old Christian Lee Blakely, was taken into custody and jailed on charges of first-degree murder, concealment of a dead body and tampering with evidence.

Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato said the 16-year-old had been getting into trouble at school and the mother and stepfather had disciplined him at home, including grounding him and taking away his cell phone. 

Landato said there was a "heated" phone call between the mother and her son the night before she was slain.

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