FAIR OAKS (CBS13) – An elderly Fair Oaks woman murdered in her own home Sunday evening has been identified.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s webpage identified her as 79-year-old Carole Jane Sturgis.
The suspect in her death, 32-year-old Moses Trotter, was naked and bloody when he was taken into custody outside Sturgis’ Olympic Way home Sunday evening.
Deputies were first called to the area by a resident reporting a man in his house in the 4900 Block of Durland Way, according to Dep. Jason Ramos.
The resident chased the suspect out of his house, and then the suspect ran into a residence in the 7800 Block of Olympic Way.
When deputies arrived, Trotter, who was naked and covered in blood, ran out of the Olympic Way home and was quickly detained after a brief struggle. Inside the home they found Sturgis dead. Detectives say she showed obvious signs of trauma.
When asked if Trotter was on drugs at the time, Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Ramos responded, “He was exhibiting some unusual behavior. Pretty bizarre.” Trotter will be given a drug test.
“Apparently from witness accounts, the guy was kicking in doors around here,” said neighbor Brendan Blom. “He went swimming in our neighbor’s pool back here, broke their glass pane by their front door. Broke in another guy’s house and was in the bathroom, just insane.”
Neighbors say the Carole Sturgis was dealing with some health issues and was well known for taking care of cats in the neighborhood.
Trotter is being held without bail in the Sacramento County Main Jail on a felony murder charge.