Indiana man pushed his elderly grandmother down and caused her death, police say. Now, he's accused of murder.

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May 25 2021, Published 8:04 p.m. ET

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An Indiana man pushed his own grandmother to the ground leading to her death and now he has been charged in connection to the case, police say.

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On Wednesday, March 10, Bedford police were called to a fight. When officers arrived, they say they saw Mark Perry III flee from a parked car in the driveway into an attached garage, according to WBIW.

In the home, officers found Derenda Todd, 78, lying on the kitchen floor. Her left leg was bent underneath her right leg in what police say was an awkward position.

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Police say that the woman was completely incapacitated and could only mutter short phrases. She told police she was pushed by her grandson, Perry III, 26.

Todd was transported to Indiana University Health Hospital by ambulance for treatment. She died at the hospital on March 14, WBIW reported.

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A second woman in the home told police Perry pushed her into Todd, causing the 78-year-old to fall.


Officers found and detain Perry soon after being called to the home. However, officers say he forcibly pulled away from police, slipped out of his jacket and attempted to flee, according to WBIW.

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Police then took Perry to the ground to arrest him. The suspect tried to stand up and push the officers away, then allegedly pulled his hands away and tucked them underneath his body.

Officers made several attempts to pull Perry’s hands out from under him, and officers say they gave multiple verbal commands to comply, according to WBIW. An officer used a Taser to Perry’s lower back, but this was unsuccessful, and he continued to resist.

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Police then hit Perry in his legs and back but were unsuccessful and a second Taser use did not work, according to the report. During the altercation, an officer said that Perry kicked him on the right side of the head, WBIW reported.

Officers eventually placed Perry in handcuffs, but he allegedly continued to resist and refused to enter the police vehicle. After being placed inside, he was transported to Lawrence County Jail.

Perry faces counts of domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury, two counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety officer. The charges were amended after Todd’s death.


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