Suspect charged in beating death of elderly Jackson woman - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suspect charged in beating death of elderly Jackson woman

A Jackson man was been charged with murder in the beating death of an elderly woman at a senior living facility, officials said.

Jackson Police charged Lawrence Earl Wade, 43, with felony murder in connection to the death of St. Mary's Manor resident Elnora Mitchell.

Mitchell, 65, suffered from blunt force trauma, but police have declined to say what was used to kill her.

Investigators said Mitchell's son found her body Sunday when he arrived at her St. Mary's Manor apartment to pick her up for church.  The facility is owned and operated by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

Investigators say she was badly beaten and property was missing from the scene.

The Diocese of Memphis said in a faxed news release that counselors and priests will be at the complex to help those suffering any emotional trauma.

Police are still investigating the incident.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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