(KTVI) - The daughter of an elderly Granite City man who was murdered early Thursday is in custody in connection with the killing. The Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn said 82-year old Woodrow Dilday was killed with “blunt force trauma” to his head.
Granite City police were called to a home in the 28-hundred block of Harding at 3:30 AM. Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor said officers quickly determined it was not a random crime and took the 54-year old daughter into custody. Dilday’s wife was in the home but not injured.
Neighbor Kathy Phillips said the crime shocked her. “They were just an old couple with their daughter living there,” she said.
However in March of 2010 Doris Dilday secured an order of protection against her daughter after she told a judge the daughter called her an alien and beat her badly. The woman wrote in her petition that she feared her daughter’s mental problems were getting worse.
The order expired in March of 2012. A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the daughter had mental health issues and had been a victim of violent relationships in the past. He said she returned to her parent’s home about a year ago when they could no longer care for themselves.
Connor said his detectives will seek charges against the suspect Friday morning from the Madison County State’s Attorney.
Funeral arrangements remain pending at this time at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, IL.