Grandson arrested after woman's body found in backyard of Stockton home

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  • The body of an elderly woman was found in the backyard of a home in an east Stockton neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
  • The body of an elderly woman was found in the backyard of a home in an east Stockton neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
  • The body of an elderly woman was found in the backyard of a home in an east Stockton neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
    

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of murdering his grandmother and dumping her body  in the backyard of her southeast Stockton home.

Jerome Sydney Deavila, 39, a registered sex offender, is accused of homicide.

Officers responded to the home on the 400 block of South Golden Gate Avenue around 12:44 p.m. after family members found the body of 76-year-old Racheal Renee Russell.

Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said Russell was reported missing by her son Steve on Friday night. Neighbors said Russell was found in a wheelbarrow and that her body was wrapped in a bedsheet and comforter. There were wheelbarrow tire treads all throughout the house.

"She was supposedly wrapped in a sheet and a comforter. There was a toy on her chest, a girl's toy," said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Deavilla had been living with his grandmother for several months, after Russell took him in. Neighbors said he had been homeless. Russell's friends and loved ones said Deavilla was deeply disturbed.

"He's not in a good frame of mind. He needed help," said neighbor Lucertian Jernigan.

Steve Russell, Jr., another one of the victim's grandsons said, "The fact that someone could do that to an elderly person is just crazy. It doesn't make any sense to me at all. I just don't understand it."

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