David Wayne Kuroki, the man who allegedly killed his 81-year old in mother in her Centennial home, suffered from depression, and according to court documents, he tried to commit suicide 15 years ago.
But as Kuroki awaits his July 11 appearance in an Arapahoe County courtroom, more details have emerged surrounding the days that led up to his April 2 arrest in connection with the death of Mae S. Kuroki.
Sworn statements from family members suggest the 53-year-old former lab technician may have been under a great deal of stress.
David had been unemployed for approximately six months and was helping his mother — who had recently been diagnosed with the onset of dementia — make the transition from her condo on East Dry Creek Road to a nearby assisted living facility.
The elder Kuroki seemed receptive to the move, agreeing with family members it would be best for her.
In an affidavit filed April 9 in Arapahoe County District Court, a statement from David’s cousin, Dean Iwasaki, described the former lab technician as “a loner” who didn’t really have a lot of friends.
Iwasaki added that while pregnant with David, Mae Kuroki had contracted measles during her second trimester, resulting in him being born completely deaf in one ear and approximately 60 percent deaf in the other.
In the same affidavit, Gary Kuroki described his brother as “currently suicidal,” having poor social skills and depressed due to the fact he was unemployed.
David was taken into custody April 2, hours after Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 8600 block of East Dry Creek Road to conduct a welfare check on an elderly resident of the Saddle Ridge condominium complex.
When deputies arrived, they found the body of an elderly woman under a blanket with a bloodstained pillow over her face and stab wounds to the center torso.
When the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for medical service near a golf course south of C-470, they found David Kuroki in his car with multiple cut wounds.
Statements from responding DCSO deputies say Kuroki had cut both sides of his throat, both wrists, his stomach and had attempted to cut his femoral artery in his leg, also telling deputies “I just killed my mom.”
Kuroki was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
A large “butcher-type knife” and an apparent suicide note were found in Kuroki’s 2005 Honda Civic.
Investigators had asked Gary Kuroki if David or Mae had ever discussed “mercy killing.”
Gary responded, “No,” in a sworn statement.
Kuroki is charged with first-degree murder.