A 19-year-old Oklahoma man is now facing a first-degree murder charge for killing his grandmother after someone at the funeral home made an alarming discovery while preparing her body and alerted police. According to the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, investigators believe Donald Wayne Shimko killed his grandmother, Alveta Shimko, 64, on July 20.
Authorities were alerted to go to the trailer where both the grandmother and grandson were living at around 4:30 A.M. Shimko told police that he had seen his grandmother the night before at around 11 P.M., and that she appeared normal; when he awoke at 4 A.M., he found Alveta unresponsive with a “large amount of blood” on her face. Shimko alleged that he called 911 and attempted to revive his grandmother, but nothing worked.
Alveta’s body was transported to a local funeral home, where a worker later discovered a suspicious three-inch hole on the victim’s head just above her ear, and called police.
When investigators contacted Shimko, he reportedly confessed to hitting his grandmother with a wooden baseball bat. According to News on 6:
He told officers “he had been playing a video game, he had become angry at the game and had ‘blacked out,’ “ the affidavit states. He then told officers he had “come to” standing over his grandmother with the baseball bat in his hand and his grandmother was bleeding.
The suspect’s family told the news station that they don’t believe Shimko could be capable of killing Alveta.
“Hurting anybody would be the last thing I could imagine him even doing,” said Michelle Davis, the suspect’s cousin. “He’s a funny kid, always outgoing.”
Davis claims her cousin has never been in trouble with the law and never spent a night in jail until recently. A motive for the killing has not been revealed by investigators.
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