Man charged with hammer murder
A 47-year-old man has been charged with murdering a 77-year-old pensioner who was battered with a hammer in her own home.
Graeme Jarman, of Greenways, Delves Lane, Consett, County Durham, will appear in court on Wednesday.
He was arrested following a nationwide manhunt after the discovery of Judith Richardson's body in the hallway of her home in Hexham, Northumberland, on August 19.
Northumbria Police said Jarman will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.
Miss Richardson never married and lived alone in a stone-built terraced home in St Wilfrid's Road on the outskirts of the bustling market town.
Her handbag was found dumped in a bin 25 miles away in Newcastle and officers believing they were dealing with a case of lost property or theft arrived at her home to find her lifeless body.
A post mortem examination revealed she died from head injuries and a hammer was found nearby.