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Handyman arrested in death of 93-year-old Connecticut woman

November 20, 2019

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A handyman has been charged with killing a 93-year-old Connecticut woman who was found dead in September at the bottom of her basement stairs.

Stamford police in a statement Wednesday said 51-year-old Robert Simmons faces murder and other charges in the death of Isabella Mehner.

Simmons was held on $2 million bond pending arraignment. It wasn’t clear if he had hired a lawyer.

Police say Simmons had previously been hired to do odd jobs for Mehner.

Police say they found video of Simmons in the area on the day Mehner was killed and used DNA analysis to match blood on his pants to Mehner.

Police did not disclose a motive but said several of Mehner’s personal items appeared to be missing.

Police gave Simmons ’address as a Stamford homeless shelter.