Boyfriend charged with killing girlfriend, son

The bod­ies of At­lanta De­veney and her 12-year-old son Eli­jah Ros­ado re­mained un­dis­covered in their Wissi­nom­ing apart­ment for two days after her boy­friend, Car­los Rivera, strangled De­veney and stabbed the boy to death.

Then, ac­cord­ing to Rivera’s al­leged state­ment to hom­icide de­tect­ives, the killer re­turned to the scene, stuffed the two vic­tims in­to a closet with a bloody mat­tress and set the place on fire.

Dur­ing Rivera’s pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on murder and ar­son charges on Nov. 26, As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Lor­raine Don­nelly ar­gued that Rivera set the blaze in an at­tempt to des­troy evid­ence of the slay­ings. 

But Rivera al­legedly offered a dif­fer­ent ex­plan­a­tion to in­vest­ig­at­ors.

“I lit the fire so that someone would find them,” Rivera said, ac­cord­ing to his signed po­lice state­ment.

At the con­clu­sion of the pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing, Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Dav­id C. Shuter ordered Rivera, 26, to stand tri­al for two counts of murder, ar­son, ab­use of corpse and re­lated of­fenses.

The murders oc­curred on Oct. 3 in an apart­ment on the 4600 block of How­ell St. Rivera’s state­ment to po­lice was the lone piece of evid­ence in­tro­duced at the hear­ing. In it, Rivera al­legedly claimed he was high on PCP and Brandy when he began ar­guing with De­veney, 35, at about 4 a.m. Rivera entered what he called a “blind rage,” and strangled the wo­man. He then went in­to Ros­ado’s bed­room and stabbed the boy be­cause, as Rivera al­legedly told po­lice, “I didn’t want to see him without his moth­er.”

De­fense at­tor­ney Richard J. Gi­uliani re­portedly said the couple had been to­geth­er for about four years and that Rivera has a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness. The de­fend­er ac­know­ledged that his cli­ent’s ac­tions and his ex­plan­a­tions for them were “bizarre.”

Rivera re­mains in jail at Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity without bail. He is sched­uled for an ar­raign­ment in Com­mon Pleas Court on Dec. 17. ••

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