Police say man admits to fatally beating elderly woman - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police say man admits to fatally beating elderly woman

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a Jackson man facing a murder charge has admitted to investigators that he fatally attacked a 65-year-old woman in her apartment.

According to an affidavit of the incident, 43-year-old Lawrence Earl Wade said he attacked Elnora Ruth Mitchell after she refused to give him money to buy drugs.

Wade was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of felony murder and is being held without bond. He is scheduled to be in court March 6.

Mitchell was found beaten to death Sunday at St. Mary Manor by her son, Terrence, when he came to her apartment to take her to church.

The assisted-living facility is owned and operated by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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