Murder charge still pending against woman at 102

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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2009 file photo provided by Scott Barrow, his mother Elizabeth Barrow celebrates her 100th birthday at his home in Dartmouth, Mass. Elizabeth Barrow was found on Sept. 24, 2009, strangled in her Dartmouth nursing home bed with a plastic bag over her head. Laura Lundquist, a 102-year-old woman prosecutors say killed Elizabeth Barrow, still faces a second-degree murder charge. Lundquist is the oldest murder defendant in state history. (AP Photo/Scott Barrow, File)
The exterior of Brandon Woods nursing home is seen in Dartmouth, Mass. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Elizabeth Barrow was found strangled to death in her nursing home bed with a plastic bag over her head on Sept. 24, 2009 during a routine check of patients. At first police believed it was a suicide, but Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter said Wednesday the medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide by strangulation. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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BOSTON (AP) - A 102-year-old woman who prosecutors say killed her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home nearly five years ago faces a second-degree murder charge.

Laura Lundquist is the oldest murder defendant in state history.

Lundquist was 98 when she was charged in 2009 on allegations she strangled Elizabeth Barrow, who was found with a plastic bag tied around her head at the Brandon Woods nursing home in Dartmouth.

Lundquist had a longstanding diagnosis of dementia and was ruled incompetent to stand trial. Since her indictment, she has been held at a state psychiatric hospital, while the murder charge against her remains active.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court is expected to rule soon on an appeal from Barrow's son in his wrongful-death lawsuit against the nursing home. An arbitrator dismissed the suit.

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