Missouri man on probation for assaulting his 79-year-old grandmother now accused of killing her

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Aug. 31 2021, Published 3:22 p.m. ET

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A man in southwestern Missouri who allegedly violated his probation in a domestic assault case involving his 79-year-old grandmother was allowed to remain free after prosecutors and his defense attorneys struck a deal weeks ago.

He is now accused of killing the elderly woman.

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Brandon Wilson, 34, has four misdemeanor domestic assault convictions on his record involving his grandmother, Judy Bishop. As part of the agreed upon probation violation deal, he was ordered to stay away from the senior citizen and continue seeking treatment for substance abuse issues and mental health issues, Green County prosecutors said.

Late in the morning on Aug. 28, however, Springfield police believe Wilson was at Bishop’s home, where he beat and stabbed her, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

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Wilson then called 911 for help for his grandmother, who suffered cuts and severe bruising and was unconscious after the alleged assault, the newspaper reported, citing a probable cause document.

Bishop died the following day, and her grandson denied to police that he had anything to do with the beating and stabbing.

Investigators recovered surveillance footage that allegedly showed Wilson was the last person to be inside the victim’s home — where he had been living instead of at a shelter, charging documents state — the morning of the assault. He also allegedly discarded a knife in the park across the street from the residence, which police later took into evidence.

Wilson is being held without bond on charges including second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and tampering with physical evidence, Springfield police said.

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