PHOENIX – The lawyer for a 92-year-old Arizona woman is being accused of the murder of her son, because he wanted her in assisted living said Thursday that he is studying and the places where his sick client can be submitted to receive the care that they need.
Anna Mae is a Blessing in the prison since her arrest in July 2 shooting death of 72-year-old Thomas Blessing in the home they shared in Fountain Hills, an affluent suburb of Phoenix.
Attorney Ulises Ferragut said that his client suffers from back issues, is in a lot of pain and uses a wheelchair.
Ferragut declined to discuss the facts of the case, or revealing of the types of places that he is considering for his client if she manages to post the $ 500,000 bond.
“The prison is already hard enough for everyone, right, when you are 92, you can imagine how difficult it is both physically, emotionally, mentally,” Ferragut said after a detention hearing Thursday.
Blessing, who is being held in a prison in the infirmary, refused to court Thursday. A not guilty plea was made on her account the charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Researchers say that a Blessing was upset about her son’s plans to put her in an assisted living facility, and argued with him about the way she was treated. After the shooting, investigators say that Thomas Blessing’s girlfriend managed to take away two guns from the wife.
Authorities say the mother and son had previously expressed concerns that the other can also be violent. Police officers were called to the Blessings’ home several times since January, including a June 21 interview in which the alleged son of his mother threatened him, ” she said.
“You can imagine that the whole family is torn apart,” Ferragut said. “You have a family member that died. If you have a different member of the family who’s in jail. Both are elderly. I mean, this is a very difficult and unique situation.”
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