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Man charged in death of 94-year-old woman in Slavic Village home invasion held on $1 million bond

Posted at 8:23 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 09:00:56-05

CLEVELAND — A man who has been indicted on murder charges for the death of a 94-year-old woman in a Slavic Village home invasion is being held on a $1 million bond after his arraignment on Thursday.

Cornelius Pames Jr., 25, has been charged with aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and felonious assault.

During his arraignment, Pames pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Sept. 17, 2018, Eusebia Garcia, 94, and her 74-year-old daughter were asleep in their beds when Pames allegedly broke into the home by pushing in a window air conditioner and crawling inside, authorities said.

Once inside, authorities say Pames assaulted both women, stole various items and then ran off.

Both women were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. Eusubia Garcia died from her injuries, authorities said.

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The case is eligible for the death penalty and will be considered by the Capital Review Commitee to determine if capital charges are brought, authorities said.

Pames has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 11.