A Missouri man is accused of first-degree murder after he allegedly killed his retired nurse neighbor by bludgeoning her with a bat, authorities said.
On July 6, Eileen Schnitker heard a disturbance outside her Berkeley home, and when she went to see what was happening, Isaac Heath, 31, allegedly attacked her, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said, KSDK reported.
According to police, witnesses reported seeing Isaac Heath, 31, with a baseball bat on the woman's porch and hearing him say “that felt good” after he stopped swinging.
Schnitker suffered blunt force trauma to her head and face as well as stab wounds to the stomach, police said.
“I’m not going to speculate on this mental health,” Prosecuting Attorney Bell said. “What we do know is this individual brutally assaulted and killed an innocent person.”
“The fact patterns of some crimes leave you speechless, and this is one of those,” he noted. “We’re not talking about a shoot-out. This is a neighbor checking on her home and she was savagely beaten.”
The victim’s niece, Cheryl Benson Kaufman, said: “It's beyond comprehension that this would happen to her, someone we all loved so dearly.”
A judge set Heath’s bond at $750,000.
If convicted of first-degree murder, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.