On the Unsolved in the News blog I found this article saying the grandson of Dorothy Vivian Autrey was convicted of killing her. Her body was never found, but the grandson, Matthew Levine, confessed freely so it was kind of a no-brainer. Autrey had invited him to share her home because he was down and out, and he repaid her by killing her.
I don’t know anything about the trial; I’ll have to look it up. From what I know now, I’m surprised by the first-degree murder conviction. I would have guessed second-degree murder or even manslaughter. There’s not a lot of evidence besides Levine’s confession, and he said he accidentally killed her in a fit of temper while under the influence of drugs. Where’s the premeditation there? Not that I’m saying the guy deserves any sympathy. Far from it. I hope he never sees the light of day again.
Ahh. It seems they found a lot of blood in the house, and Levine had been itching to inherit grandma’s money. Premeditation.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune