An elderly Florida woman beat her husband to death with a cane on Saturday, police said.
Ramona Maxine Lund, 86, from Pace, is charged with 89-year-old Francis Lund’s murder, The Orlando Sentinel reported. She is the oldest person in the county to be charged with murder, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said at a press conference on Monday.
Ramona is being held on $250,000 bond in the Santa Rosa County Jail’s infirmary until police can determine whether or not she suffers from dementia, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s officials told the Pensacola News Journal.
A neighbor, who is not being identified, called police after seeing Francis on the ground of the Lunds’ front porch while Ramona towered over him, cops said.
He initially thought Francis fell and that his wife was trying to help him. He urged Ramona to call 911 but she told him she couldn’t find her phone. This prompted the neighbor to call the police before attempting to resuscitate Francis while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.
When cops got to the scene, they found parts of a bloody cane on the sofa as well as by the front door. They also discovered a bloody nightgown on the couch and noticed Ramona was covered in blood. Francis’ wounds’ were consistent with being beaten by a cane, officials said.
If Ramona is found to have dementia, it could potentially warrant an insanity defense in a criminal case, the Pensacola News Journal reported.
“Based on observations of my investigators, as well as other personnel, when you interact with her on a personal level, when you ask her questions, it’s clear that she’s confused,” Johnson said at the press conference.
“It’s important that, while we are going to focus on the mental confusion and that aspect, it’s important to remember and be reminded that she is charged with a very serious crime that has resulted in the loss of a human life,” he added.
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