Monday, December 14, 2009

98-year-old accused of murdering centenarian

A 98-year-old Massachusetts woman has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly suffocating her 100-year-old nursing home roommate, local media reported.

Laura Lundquist is accused of killing Elizabeth Barrow, who was found dead in her room in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in September with a plastic bag over her head.

Authorities initially investigated the possibility of suicide, but eventually recommended a murder charge.

Ms Lundquist had frequently complained that her roommate had too many visitors, media reported.

A state judge ordered Lundquist to a local hospital where doctors will evaluate her competency before she is arraigned, according to local media.

Law enforcement officials could not immediately be reached for comment.


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