An East Los Angeles woman accused in the beating death of her 82-year-old grandmother pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge.
Rebecca Surratt, 25, is due back in court on June 15, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
Surratt lived with her mother and grandmother, Martha Yslas, at home in the 300 block of South Woods Avenue.
On May 6, Surratt allegedly got into an argument with her grandmother and inflicted injuries that led to the victim’s hospitalization and death the following day.
“As far as we can tell, she got upset at her grandma and beat her up,” sheriff’s Detective Theo Baljet told the Los Angeles Times. “She punched her and kicked her and possibly choked her.”
Surratt is being held on $2 million bail and faces up to 26 years to life in prison if convicted as charged.
— Wire reports