Fla. County Charges Its Oldest Murder Suspect Ever

Cops say 86-year-old Ramona Lund beat husband to death with her cane; she's being evaluated
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 8, 2019 10:15 AM CST
Cops: Woman, 86, Beat Hubby to Death With Her Cane
A walking cane.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Investigators say an 86-year-old Florida woman fatally beat her 89-year-old husband with a walking cane, reports the AP. Santa Rosa County Sheriff's officials say Ramona Maxine Lund is charged with murder and is being held in the jail's infirmary on $250,000 bond as authorities work together to evaluate whether she suffers from dementia. Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson tells the Pensacola News Journal that the case is "unusual" in that Lund is the oldest county resident ever charged with murder. "We're dealing probably with someone's grandmother now," Johnson says. "It's not something that happens every day."

A neighbor called 911 Saturday after seeing her standing over Francis Lund's body on the front porch. The neighbor told detectives he thought Lund had fallen and his wife was trying to help him up. The neighbor performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Inside the home, investigators found pieces of the cane covered in blood. The sheriff, prosecutor, and public defender have taken the unusual step of agreeing to evaluate her mental competency, the News Journal reports. "If someone suffers from dementia, they are not going to become competent, they are going to stay [the way they are]," Lund's public defender tells the paper.

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