HOUSTON – The son accused of stabbing to death his own mother last week broke down in court Monday morning.

Blake Jefferson was wailing and sobbing as a security guard escorted him out of the courtroom

Police say his mother Dedre was on the phone with her mother early Friday when Blake stabbed her several times.

Authorities found Dedre dead in the garage of her southwest Houston townhome, and her son hiding in a neighbor’s closet.

Friends and family reported Blake had been acting strangely recently.

<p>Dedre posted this photo with her son Blake on her Facebook page. </p>

“He had been having visions. He had been having communication he felt with The Lord. I felt that I should meet with him immediately,” said Pastor Gregg Patrick.

Police believe Blake was on drugs at the time of the murder.

The 22-year-old suspect was a recent graduate of Texas Southern University and had a job, the pastor told KHOU 11 News.

Dedre Jefferson was a trustee on the Alief School Board and a respected teacher.

“The family is deeply saddened and shocked and at this time and we’re in search of answers,” said family attorney and longtime friend Toni Jones. “She’s a mother, a daughter, a cousin, an aunt.” “Everybody loved Dedre, Dedre loved everybody.”

The district is holding a memorial for her Monday at 6 p.m.