CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old man for the murder of a 94-year-old woman who was visiting from Honduras.
Cornelius Pames Jr. has been charged with aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault, and attempted murder.
Investigators say Pames broke into a home by crawling through a window on Gertrude Avenue in Cleveland in the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 2018.
Once inside, Pames assaulted 94-year-old Eucebia Garcia and 74-year-old Marina Garcia while they were sleeping in their beds. Both women traveled from Honduras to visit family in Cleveland.
The prosecutor’s office says both victims were transported to MetroHealth Hospital for treatment. Eucebia died there from her injuries.
“Eucebia was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “We will hold Pames accountable for his horrific actions.”
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office connected Pames to the crime scene through his DNA.
A court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 17.
Pames' case is eligible for capital punishment.