Man Stabs a 101-year-old Woman in Her Own Apartment in Upstate New York
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — July 27, 2018
A woman's upstairs neighbor, a 54-year-old man, stabbed Marcia Morrison multiple times in her apartment this week, authorities said. This month she celebrated her 101st birthday.
Residents of a western New York apartment complex have been left shaken by the slaying of their most elderly resident.
According to the court data, Morrison was repeatedly stabbed in the neck, throat and upper torso.
"This is one of the most egregious crimes that we as a community have ever seen," said Monica O'Brien, head of the county district attorney's elder abuse bureau.
Morrison's body was found Tuesday morning in her first-floor residence at the Rochester Highland Apartments when her senior transportation company driver couldn't find her. The driver has come to pick her up for her weekly ride, police said.
A potential suspect, Gregory Jesmer, was arrested after he followed home a 13-year-old girl who lives in the same apartment complex and offered her money to come back to his apartment. The young girl was frightened and shouted, and then the man tried to put his hand over her mouth. An unknown passing motorist stopped and intervened and called 911.
Jesmer pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Rochester court to second-degree murder. He is being held in the Monroe County jail without bail.
Jesmer has a criminal record that includes arrests for grand larceny and driving under the influence.
Morrison had no children. Her husband, Raymond Morrison, died decades ago. She was born Marcia Bodine and grew up in Nunda, a town 45 miles (70 kilometers) southwest of Rochester. The Morrisons spent most of their lives in Rochester, where she worked as a switchboard operator.
Her neighbor Sandra Fields described her as feisty and funny and remembered the older woman for her lively spirit, kindness, and generosity.
"She had a lot of get-up-and-go in her," Fields said to police. "She was like our grandmother."