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Mom Asks for No Deal for Son Accused of Killing Grandmother

COLUMBUS (Dominique Mondon) -- The mother of a man charged with the murder of his 90-year-old grandmother is asking prosecutors to forgo a deal and take this case to trial.

Annarea McCray was a family woman, allowing her 41-year-old grandson John Spindler to live in her home for the past 25 years. When an argument over her social security benefits broke out between Spindler and his mother -- McCray’s 60-year-old daughter -- she was backhanded and knocked to the ground as she tried to intervene.

McCray died the next day on June 19 in a nursing home after her injuries led to pneumonia.

Spindler’s attorney Crysta Penningon is fighting these charges saying he did not intend to kill anyone, including his mother. “It may go more towards intent but at this point, that’s all I can say,” states Pennington.

If Spindler is convicted of murder, he could face a life sentence. If he is convicted of involuntary manslaughter, he would face a maximum sentence of 19 years. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

Many in Spindler’s family do not intend to support him as this case continues.  

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