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Police say man accused of killing grandmother in Springfield home

Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 10:56 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2021 at 5:26 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Greene County prosecutor charged a man in a weekend death investigation involving his grandmother.

Judy Bishop, 79, died from injuries in an assault. Brandon Wilson, 34, faces a second-degree murder charge in the case.

Officers responded to a home in the 200 block of West Atlantic Street around noon Saturday in response to a check well-being call. They found Bishop suffering from critical injuries. She later died at a Springfield hospital.

“It’s just unbelievable,” said George Eskridge, who lives in an apartment complex next to Bishop’s house.

Eskridge said Bishop was quick to befriend him when he moved in four years ago.

“She came over here and introduced herself and it was like a match made in heaven,” he said of their friendship. “She was a good neighbor, a very friendly lady.”

Eskidge said Bishop, who was a retired school lunchroom worker, was always looking to lend a hand, which he appreciated because he suffers from COPD.

“There was times when she’d come to the fence and say, ‘George, got a box for you here,’” he recalled. “She’d have a box full of different of foods in it. She treated us like we were family.”

Eskridge said he knew of Wilson, who lived at Bishops’s house and had a long history of previous run-ins with the law including multiple assault cases against Bishop.

“I’ve seen them come over several times and arrest him,” Esridge said.

One of his recent assault charges had as a term of his probation that he was not to have any contact with Bishop, who he is now charged with killing.

Eskridge said that Bishop had also let other people stay at her home during tough times when they were trying to get their lives together and that it was sad to see her kindness to others end this way.

“The nice ones are always the ones who get taken advantage of,” he said, shaking his head.

According to the probable cause statement it was Wilson who called 911 around noon on Saturday to report that his grandmother was unconscious and bleeding. But when asked about her medical condition he replied that he was outside smoking a cigarette and didn’t feel like standing over her.

The report described Bishop as having bruises to her arm and head, lacerations on her neck and right shoulder and her face bruised and swollen.

Police found a knife at Lafayette Park located just across the street from the house and video surveillance video from both the park and nearby Reed Middle School helped authorities determine that Wilson had dropped the knife there.

The probable cause statement also has details of the police’s visit with Wilson’s mother who lives only a few blocks away from Bishop’s house. She confirmed that her son lived at his grandmother’s home and had spent almost a year-and-a-half in jail for previously assaulting Bishop. She said that when he got out of jail he went back there to live even though he was violating his probation by being there.

Wilson’s mom also said that she and her husband had ex-partes against their son become he became violent and had an appointment with an attorney to see if they could get him committed because they could not handle him.

The PC statement also had statements from Wilson’s mom saying she had been told that her son was bi-polar, schizophrenic and psychotic and that he had just gotten out of the hospital last Wednesday before Saturday’s tragic events. Wilson’s mom said Wilson had not brought any medication home from the hospital and was supposed to go to the Victory Mission after his release, only to tell his cab driver to take him to Bishop’s house instead because she would not turn him away.

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