A man has been arrested and charged with the brutal murder of his 101-year-old neighbor.
Greg Jesmer, 54, from Rochester, is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Marcia Morrison, according to WHAM-TV in Rochester.
"This is one of the most egregious crimes I think we as a community have ever seen," Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Monica O'Brien said.
Jesmer pleaded not guilty to the crime in court Wednesday, according to WHEC-TV in Rochester.
On Tuesday at 10:55 a.m., emergency workers went to Morrison's apartment for a welfare check, after a transportation company couldn't reach her for a weekly pickup, police said. When they entered the apartment they found her body.
She had stab wounds on her neck, throat and upper torso, according to court documents. Police said evidence and admissions from Jesmer linked him to the crime.
Jesmer lived above Morrison, police said, and according to a friend of Morrison's who spoke to WHAM-TV, she would give him money and food.
The friend, Kay Saunders, said Morrison gave Jesmer money on a few occasions but eventually stopped because she thought it wasn't a good idea. She did, however, continue to bring him her leftovers and one time even gave him a Thanksgiving dinner.
Jesmer was picked up a short time after Morrison's body was discovered on a separate charge: endangering the welfare of a child, according to court documents.
Shortly after noon, police said, Jesmer approached a 13-year-old girl getting off a bus and he told her he was a veteran and wanted to give her $500 as a random act of kindness, but she had to go back to his apartment. The girl was scared and uncomfortable, police said, and tried to get away. Jesmer allegedly followed her. A woman pulled over, confronted Jesmer and called police.
Jesmer does have a criminal history, police said, but nothing to the level of the violence he's accused of with Morrison. He's being held in the Monroe County jail with no bond, WHAM-TV reported, and he's scheduled to be back in court on July 30.
[Photo: Rochester Police Department]