- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - A northwest Missouri judge has ordered a trial for a man accused of fatally beating his 81-year-old grandmother.

The St. Joseph News-Press (https://bit.ly/1r5P5WK ) reports that a Buchanan County judge on Friday bound 40-year-old Michael Ray Courter for trial on a charge of second-degree murder.

St. Joseph police Detective Frank Till testified during a preliminary hearing Friday that Clyda Spurgeon died in April in her home from repeated blows to her head. Till also said a hammer was found in Courter’s car.

Courter later was arrested in Michigan.

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Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, https://www.newspressnow.com

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