Cedar Rapids man charged with beating 71-year-old mother to death

George Deason, 49
George Deason, 49(Linn County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 11:49 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Cedar Rapids Police Department said a 49-year-old man has been charged with the beating death of his 71-year-old mother.

George Deason is charged with first-degree murder and assault on a police officer among others.

Police said they responded to 808 18th Avenue SW on July 1, 2020, for a reported assault. When officers got to the scene they found Elsie Deason had been severely beaten. Police said Elsie’s daughter found her with serious injuries before calling first responders.

According to a press release, police determined George to be a suspect and found him in the 800 block of 15th Avenue SW. He reportedly threatened officers with what he told them was a handgun and resisted arrest. At one point, he reportedly tried to kick a police officer. Once officers arrested him, they found he had a ‘slapjack’ which can be used as a whip.

Officers charged George with robbery and assault among other charges and determined he caused life-threatening injuries to Elsie in order to steal around $50.

Deason’s mother died from her injuries on July 23. George remains in custody at the Linn County Jail.

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