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May 7, 2013 11:56 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Man Charged With Grandmother's Murder

BEEVILLE -- Authorities have charged a Beeville man with murder and arson after police found his grandmother's body in her burned home Saturday night.

Police charged Mark Pillow, 24, Monday after the Nueces County Medical Examiner ruled Dorothy Pillow's death a homicide. He was already in jail for an unrelated drug case when he was charged in connection with his grandmother's death.

Pillow, 65, was found dead in her bedroom shortly after firefighters extinguished the fire at her house on N. Jefferson Street.

Pillow's caretaker, Rosie Kelly, said she last saw Pillow when she dropped her off at home Saturday afternoon. "I can't leave her. I said, 'I'm afraid something's going to happen to her.' I said, 'I can't leave her.'"

Kelly said Pillow's grandson appeared "anxious," when she saw him shortly before the murder. She said she complained about him in the past, and feared he would harm Pillow.

Pillow's brother, James Wood, said even though the person accused of murdering his sister is a family member, he still wants him to pay. "I know my sister's up there saying, 'Don't be so hard on him,' but we just need to see justice done right."

Pillow is held in the Bee County Jail where his bond is set at $1.5 million for each charge. A court date has not yet been set.

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