SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WJW)– A South Euclid man was arrested for murdering his 91-year-old mother.
Marcus Henry, 50, was taken into custody at about 10 a.m. Thursday and charged with aggravated murder.
Police said his elderly mother, Essie Henry, was severely beaten to death. Her body was found in a bush at Warrensville Center and Colony roads in South Euclid on Nov. 4, when police responded to a welfare check.
The suspect’s DNA was found on the victim, according to an affidavit filed in South Euclid Municipal Court by police.
The affidavit written by Detective Michael DeMario, states that Marcus Henry’s DNA was found on both of Essie’s wrists, on her right hand and underneath the fingernails of her left hand.
It further noted that Marcus Henry told detectives he had a “strained” relationship with his mother and last saw her on Nov. 2, even though he lived in her home.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner listed her cause of death as blunt force trauma.
Essie’s daughter previously spoke to the FOX 8 I-Team and said the family is heartbroken.
“Our mother was a true beacon of light to our family, friends and many that loved her,“ her daughter Balinda Henry-Profitt has said. “We want the community to know that she was a woman of faith, courage and conviction.”
Marcus Henry is due in court soon.