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A convicted felon accused of killing his 81-year-old mother at her Hemet home was charged with murder and other offenses Tuesday.

Ricardo D. Tucker was arrested Friday following a Hemet Police Department investigation into the slaying of 81-year-old Lee Tucker.

Along with murder, the defendant is charged with elder abuse and sentence-enhancing allegations of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and inflicting great bodily injury on a dependent adult.

Tucker is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and was slated to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.

According to Lt. Michael Mouat of the Hemet Police Department, patrol officers were sent to the victim’s residence in the 1900 block of Calle Amargosa, near Lyon Avenue, shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday to conduct a welfare check at the request of friends and neighbors.

“Officers arrived at the location and discovered the deceased elderly female, with visible injuries,” the lieutenant said.

The specific cause of death was not disclosed.

Ricardo Tucker was detained at the location for questioning, and by the following day, he was formally arrested and booked into jail.

A possible motive for the deadly attack was not provided.

According to court records, the defendant has at least two felony convictions in another jurisdiction, but the offenses were not listed.

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