A 19-year-old accused of beating and raping an elderly woman who later died will now face a murder charge, USA.
Prosecutors said Sergio Martinez-Perez beat and sexually assaulted 93-year-old Louise Sollowin in her home Sunday.
Sollowin died Wednesday. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine on Thursday said Martinez-Perez will be charged with first-degree murder.
Autopsy results showed that Sollowin's cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Martinez-Perez, who already faces charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree assault and burglary, is set to appear before a judge Friday to be arraigned on the new charge.
Sollowin's family remembers her as a strong woman with many stories and talents.
“She loved her family and her family loved her,” said Teresa Hartzell, the victim’s granddaughter. “She was all about family.”
“She was a wonderful seamstress. We all got pajamas from her for Christmas, all the grandkids. She made her children’s clothes,” Hartzell said.
Sollowin's daughter found her suffering in her home Sunday morning.