Man charged with killing grandmother

Victim found unconscious in her home on Saturday

November 08, 2011|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

A 36-year-old man was ordered held without bail Tuesday after being arrested and charged with killing his grandmother inside her Northwest Baltimore home, according to city police and court records.

Demond Tyler was charged with first- and second-degree murder and assault in the death of Shirley Tyler, 67, who was found by a family member Saturday morning unconscious inside her home in the 3200 block of Spaulding Ave. in Central Park Heights.

Her death had not been previously reported because at the time it was listed as a suspicious death. Detective Jeremy Silbert, a city police spokesman, said there was no sign of trauma. A family member found the body, and police interviewed that person and the suspect, who lives in the house.

The state Medical Examiner's Office said Tyler died of asphyxiation and ruled her death a homicide. Police interviewed Tyler again, according to Silbert, and he was arrested and charged. Silbert said detectives have not ascertained a motive.

Tyler was being held without bail at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center and could have a bail hearing in District Court on Wednesday.

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