Woman charged with killing grandmother, starting house fire
Posted: Jun 16, 2021 11:28 AM CDT
A criminal complaint says Elizabeth Durkee told investigators the 72-year-old woman was in ill health, spent most of her time in bed and wanted to die, so on June 7 she covered her grandmother's nose and mouth with duct tape and she eventually stopped moving.
Prosecutors say that on June 10 she poured gas around the home, including on a blanket which covered her grandmother's body.
The complaint says the following morning Durkee lit the blanket on fire and left the house with her 2-year-old daughter.
Durkee is charged with the following:
- First degree intentional homicide
- Strangulation and suffocation
- Arson of a building
- Mutilating a corpse