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Three Men Charged in Brutal Death of Elderly Woman

Three Men Charged in Brutal Death of Elderly Woman

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake County District Attorney's office filed capital murder charges against one of the three men charged with the brutal murder of a 75-year-old Salt Lake City woman Thursday.

Prosecutors say Floyd Eugene Maestas, 48, killed Donna L. Bott after breaking into her home. If convicted Maestas could face the death penalty.

Three Men Charged in Brutal Death of Elderly Woman

Two other men, William Hugh Irish and Rodney Roy Renzo, both 19, were charged with first degree murder for their alleged participation in the break-in.

Irish told police the three men broke into the woman's home for money.

Bott's body was found Oct. 8 when police entered her home after neighbors reported that newspapers had piled up on her front porch.

An autopsy revealed she suffered strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head, police said. Neighbors said they believe she was killed a few days before her body was found.

Maestas is an ex-convict, who has a long history of burglary and theft. He was released from prison on Sept. 7 after serving most of a five-year sentence for burglary, according to the department of corrections.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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