Rosina Seigel, 93, returned home Friday and was confronted by a robber, who demanded she turn over her car keys. Seigel refused to do so and was then beaten to death with a hammer.
Within 15 minutes of the murder, the assailant, Russell Bright, 20, crashed the car. After a short chase Bright was arrested.
Bright is being held without bond, charged with first-degree murder, armed burglary, armed robbery and grand theft.