A 36-year-old man who disappeared after his grandmother was found beaten to death at her Lake View Terrance home was charged with murder Tuesday.
Joseph Max Kushner used a hammer to kill Armida Custodio, 78, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Los Angeles police on May 6 asked for help finding Kushner, who investigators said was the last known person to see Custodio alive. At that time, an Los Angeles Police Department detective called him a “potential suspect.”
At a news conference at the time, Kushner’s father said his son has schizophrenia and needs medication. He begged his son to come home, and said he didn’t think Kushner was capable of killing.
Custodio was found dead on the night of May 4 after a family member requested a welfare check at her home in the 11300 block of Terra Vista Way, police said.
Kushner killed her some time between May 2 and May 4, the DA’s office said. He was arrested May 20, according to inmate records.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in San Fernando Tuesday. Bail of more than $2 million is being requested by prosecutors.
He faces 26 years to life in state prison if convicted.