BENTON COUNTY -- Hector Ramon Munguia, 18, faced a judge for the first time for suspicion of the brutal murder of 70-year-old Zale Underwood.
A judge set bail at $1 million after finding probable cause to hold Munguia in jail on Tuesday.
Officials with the Benton County Sheriff's Office say they began investigating the homicide on Friday afternoon. Investigators say the found the body of Zale Underwood in hi yard. An autopsy revealed that Underwood had been stabbed multiple times.
On Monday, deputies say 18-year-old Hector Munguia turned himself in to the sheriff's office for the crime.
According to court documents obtained by Action News, Munguia confessed to certain facts of the case that only he would know. Detectives determined that Munguia was Underwood's neighbor during their investigation.
During questioning, Munguia allegedly confessed to the crime. Court documents say that when asked how long he thought about killing his neighbor, Munguia stated that 'he thought about it for a few minutes before working up the courage to proceed with the attack.'
Munguia also allegedly told authorities that he knew it was wrong to attack Underwood but he 'didn't care.'