The man accused of killing a mother in front of her child in Waterbury appeared in court on Wednesday.

Officers were called to the home on White Rose Avenue just before 8 a.m. for the report of a woman found bleeding.

When they arrived, officers found 52-year-old Solita Billups dead.

Police arrested 50-year-old Christopher Iverson in this case.

Billups 11-year-old son was home at the time of the murder.

Police said Iverson stabbed Billups dozens of times in front of her son and then Iverson tied up her son and tried setting the house on fire.

"We have an eyewitness, we have a statement by the defendant, we have the murder weapon, he took police to the location where he left the murder weapon, we have forensic evidence, we have video surveillance evidence, we have motive. It doesn't get any stronger, unless we had video of him actually committing the murder," said Cynthia Serafini, Assistant State's Attorney.

The investigation revealed that an argument started between Iverson and Billups about their personal relationship.

Iverson was described as a family friend.

Billup's husband discovered the crime scene.

According to court paperwork, the boy woke up, hearing his mother calling for help. That's when Iverson told him, "If you say another word I'll slice your throat." The boy heard his mother asking Iverson why he was doing this to her and that Iverson responded, "Becuase I hate you."

"There was a child involved in this incident. He witnessed the actual event. He was tied and left in a house that was set on fire. The state believed that was done to try and eliminate him," Serafini said.

Iverson told police he and Billups had an affair three years ago and that he felt Billups was going to tell his son. During an interview, Iverson allegedly told police he threw the murder weapon in a storm drain.

No one from Billups' family wanted to say anything, but Iverson's sister says it's just all too much.

"I don't know, they've been friends for a long time, freak accident, I have no idea. They've known each other for 13 years. I'm just saying we've lost two people. We lost Solita because she was like my sister too and we lost my brother," said Melody Harrison, Iverson's sister.

Iverson was charged with felony murder, murder, attempted murder, home invasion, first-degree arson, and risk of injury to a minor.

Iverson is being held on a $7 million bond and will be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

Billups is a secretary with the Waterbury Board of Education.

Stay tuned the Channel 3 for updates on this story.

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