Stepson charged midstate woman's death

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 4, 2017 9:57 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A 75-year-old midstate woman who police say was held captive and beaten in her apartment has died.

Her stepson is jailed on criminal homicide and other charges.

Forty-seven-year-old Rodney Deavers, of Harrisburg, is accused of choking Martha Watson, beating her daily and falsely imprisoning her in the apartment.

Police say she was found on the floor of her home covered with a blanket March 17, when she reported being abused.

She died Friday.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Deavers, who remains in the Dauphin County jail and faces a preliminary hearing April 19.

Police say Deavers practically controlled the woman's life and wanted her to die.

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