Arizona police say a man charged with killing his grandmother beat the woman with a shovel before slitting her throat because he was upset with her strict curfew rules and how much she charged him for rent. Jason Eric Howell is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, hindering prosecution and abandoning a body. The 40 year old does not yet have an attorney. He was being held Wednesday in the jail's psychiatric unit and was unavailable for comment. Howell is set for a court appearance next week.
Police say he led investigators to the desert about 75 miles southwest of Phoenix where 78 year old Helen Jean Lee's body was found Saturday.