Ramona Maxine Lund allegedly beat her 89-year-old husband to death with a cane. They will be evaluated for dementia.
(Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
An 86-year-old Florida woman is facing a murder charge after authorities claim that she beat her elderly husband to death with a cane.
On Saturday, when a neighbor of Ramona Maxine Lund saw her standing over her husband’s bloody body on the couple’s porch in Pace, he was definitely the man, 89-year-old Francis Lund, had a bad fall and his wife was unable to help him.
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The neighbor, who has not yet been identified, told authorities that later arrived on the scene that he encouraged Ramona Lund to call 911, but she claimed that she could not find her phone. He quickly goes home to his phone and call government to perform CPR on Francis Lund the lifeless body of the Pensacola News Journal, citing an arrest report.
But when the police arrived at the house, they decided it is not of a decline, that the cause of the 89-year-old death. On the contrary, they claim, his wife beat him to death with a cane.
When the researchers looked at the couple’s home, they found the pieces of the stick — which were covered with blood, according to the newspaper — scattered around the house. The parts were on the bank, while other pieces were found in a bucket near the front door. Ramona Lund’s hands and feet were reportedly covered in blood and with blood-soaked nightgown was draped on the arm of the sofa.
Although a formal autopsy must still be carried out — it is scheduled for Monday — a researcher of the scene reportedly said the man’s injuries “consistent with having been beaten with a stick,” the arrest report said, according to the News Journal. Francis Lund also allegedly had “the bruises and indentations in over his head.
Ramona Lund was subsequently charged with murder and is being held in Santa Rosa County Jail on a $250,000 bond, public records show.
“We work probably with someone’s grandmother now,” Santa Rosa County Sheriff ‘ by Bob Johnson said in a Monday press conference, according to the News Journal. “It is not something that happens every day.”
The 86-year-old is scheduled to be subjected to a mental evaluation before she makes her first appearance, Johnson said, as she appeared “confused” when the officials with the sheriff’s office and state attorney’s office talked with her. She reportedly did not know where she was or what time it was.
“On the basis of observations of my researchers, as well as the other staff, if you contact with her on a personal level, when you ask her questions, it is clear that they are in the war,” Johnson said. “It is important that, while we are going to focus on the mental confusion and in that aspect, it is important to remember and be reminded that they are charged with a very serious crime that has resulted in the loss of human life.”
State attorney Bill Eddins said it was “unusual” for the state to search for a mental competency evaluation, but noted it is important in this case because ” it was clear for me and my office that this woman had important indications of confusion, and I felt it was important to my office to take a special approach.”
It is not yet clear whether and which mental state Ramona Lund may suffer, although officials suspect it could be dementia.
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“If someone is suffering from dementia, they are not going to be competent, they will continue to be,” Public Defender Bruce Miller, who for the woman, said, according to the News Journal.
Ramona Lund is currently in treatment at the prison infirmary.