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Nursing Home Murder Suspect Now 102 Years Old

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A 102-year-old woman who prosecutors say killed her 100-year-old roommate in a Southcoast nursing home nearly five years ago faces a second-degree murder charge.

Laura Lundquist is the oldest murder defendant in state history.

Lundquist was 98 when she was charged in 2009 on allegations she strangled Elizabeth Barrow, who was found with a plastic bag tied around her head at the Brandon Woods nursing home in Dartmouth.

Lundquist had a longstanding diagnosis of dementia and was ruled incompetent to stand trial. Since her indictment, she has been held at a state psychiatric hospital, while the murder charge against her remains active.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court is expected to rule soon on an appeal from Barrow’s son in his wrongful-death lawsuit against the nursing home. An arbitrator dismissed the suit.

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