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Police charge Ohio man with murdering his grandmother

TNS Regional News • Aug 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

A 35-year-old man has been charged with the murder of the grandmother who raised him.

Doris Durette, 77, died shortly after 10 last night in her home at 1671 Rosepoint Rd. on the South Side.

A complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal Court says that Timothy J. Smith caused the death of Durette “by means of blunt force trauma and other undetermined source(s).”

Columbus homicide Sgt. Joan Schlabach said this morning that Smith was at the house when police arrived. He was not cooperative but was taken into custody, she said.

Smith, who lived with Durette and called his grandmother “mom,” called 911 at 10:10 p.m. last night and told a fire dispatcher that she had fallen down and “cracked her head pretty good” the night before.

“It’s happened before and I didn’t think nothing of it so I changed her and put her on the couch and whatnot and I’ve been checking on her all day and I just went to check on her and she’s not breathing,” he said in the 911 recording.

The dispatcher walked Smith through chest compressions, and he began crying and pleading with Durette to wake up as he performed CPR for more than four minutes.

“She’s old and she keeps falling down and smacking herself ... and I’m the only one in the family here to help her,” he said.

Franklin Township medics notified Columbus police. Patrol officers arrived first, but “from what they could see at the scene, they backed out and called homicide,” Schlabach said.

Neighbors said Smith had moved into Durette’s condo in Creeksedge Village about a year ago, after she came home from a lengthy hospital stay. She was elderly and frail, they said.


By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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