Woman Was Bludgeoned With Hammer: Prosecutors

A man was charged with murdering a 94-year-old Ramona woman

By Lauren Steussy, Gitzel Puente and Sarah Grieco
|  Friday, May 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:12 PM PDT
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Ramona Woman Found Dead in Home

Jean Eskridge, 94, was found dead inside her home in the community of Ramona Terrace Estates.

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Ramona Woman Found Dead in Home

Jean Eskridge, 94, was found dead inside her home in the community of Ramona Terrace Estates. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales spoke with neighbor Bob Chambers, son Jay Eskridge, daughter-in-law Ellen Eskridge in this report.
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A man was charged with murdering a 94-year-old Ramona woman in court on Friday.

Gary Thomas, 63, is accused of killing Mary Jean Eskridge, who lived in a mobile home in Ramona.

Thomas was additionally charged with using a hammer as a deadly weapon, according to prosecutors.

During the arraignment on Friday, prosecutors said that Thomas and Eskridge previously established a friendly relationship. She allegedly  let him spend the night on April 30.

He then allegedly went to her kitchen, got a hammer from her tool chest and killed her in her sleep.

Eskridge was found bludgeoned to death with a hammer, according to evidence revealed at the trial.

If convicted of charges, Thomas faces 26 years to life in prison.

He is currently being held on a $3.5 million bail.
 

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