CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Tuesday the indictment of a man who authorities say broke into a home in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood and killed a 94-year-old woman.
Cornelius Pames Jr., 25, has been charged with aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and felonious assault.
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.
Pames was linked to the crime scene by DNA evidence, authorities said.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 17.
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.