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Woman Was Bludgeoned With Hammer: Prosecutors

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

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

    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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