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Grandson Charged In Murder Of Missing Murrieta Grandmother, 71

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(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

MURRIETA (AP) — Prosecutors Wednesday charged a Riverside County man with the murder of his 71-year-old grandmother after she was reported missing from her Murrieta home.

Kyle McLean, 21, pleaded not guilty in a brief court hearing Wednesday. Another man, Neil Erickson, 18, pleaded not guilty to being an accessory in the crime, said Riverside County district attorney’s spokesman John Hall.

Catherine Sutton was reported missing Sunday night from her house, and Sutton’s daughter told police she had not seen or spoken to her mother for several days, according to authorities.

Investigators have not found Sutton’s body, but evidence suggests she was killed. Prosecutors declined to release additional details Wednesday.

McLean shared the home with Sutton, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

McLean’s public defender, Kathleen Pedro, did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment.

Erickson’s attorney, Barry Illman, also did not return a call.

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