Mesa man suspected of grandmother's murder arrested in Florida

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- An East Mesa man suspected of killing his grandmother has been arrested in Miami, Florida. Authorities apprehended Reginald Gardner Jr. last Friday as he walked through a Miami neighborhood. 

Gardner’s grandmother, Lola Pershall, was found dead inside her home on April 18 after a family member called the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to say they hadn’t been able to get in contact with Pershall. 

Deputies arrived to discover that the 88-year-old woman had been shot. Pershall and Gardner lived together, but neither Gardner nor Pershall’s car was anywhere to be found. 

Pershall’s vehicle was eventually located on April 19 in Houston, Texas. Authorities were able to tie Gardner to his grandmother’s death, and tracked him all the way to Florida. 

“Our detectives did an excellent job investigating this brutal crime which underscores the problems we face with domestic violence,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

Gardner is currently in custody in Miami and is waiting to be extradited back to Arizona. He will face charges of second degree murder.
 

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