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Woman, 92, refuses assisted living facility, shoots and kills son

Woman, 92, refuses assisted living facility, shoots and kills son”

Blessing has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and kidnapping.

Blessing told detectives that she "had been contemplating for several days her son's intentions to place her in an assisted living facility", according to a statement from Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. When Blessing pulled out the second pistol from her robe, her son's girlfriend also knocked it out of her hand, the statement said.

She told cops she wanted to kill herself but was unable to do so after her son's girlfriend took the weapons away, the newspaper reported. She then pointed the weapon at the son's girlfriend, who managed to disarm her after a struggle, police say.

The son's girlfriend then called the sheriff's office.

Despite her age, Blessing is some way off becoming the oldest murderer in American history. As she was placed under arrest, she reportedly commented: "You took my life, so I'm taking yours".

"During the confrontation, Blessing stated that she removed the handgun and fired multiple rounds striking and killing her son".

The man's name had not been released by Tuesday afternoon.

Blessing also told police that she had also meant to kill herself, according to court document. She said the revolver was bought at a gun store and the pistol was given to her by her husband before he died.

The sheriff's office said they are investigating the case as a domestic violence homicide.

Laura Lundquist was 98 in 2009 when she was charged with murdering 100-year-old Elizabeth Barrow, who was found dead in her bed with a plastic bag over her head. She later told them she deserved to be "put to sleep" for her actions.

Blessing remains in jail, held on a $500,000 cash bond.

Blessing's next court hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 10.



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