An elderly Texas woman died on Dec. 20 after a savage beating allegedly at the hands of three brothers who attacked her two days earlier.
Dessie Hancock, 83, was taken off life support a few minutes before 9 p.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Police arrested Thomas Perkins, 18; Edward Perkins, 19; and Jesse Perkins, 20, and charged each of them with aggravated assault, according to the Dallas Morning News. The brothers, who remain in jail on $100,000 bail, are expected to face murder charges because Hancock died.
As for why the brothers brutally attacked Hancock, police say they don't know, and they're trying to piece things together. Initially, cops said Jesse, the eldest brother, prompted the attack.
“Detectives will sort out who did what,” Irving police spokesman James McLellan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The brothers went to a house in Irving, Texas, on the afternoon of Dec. 19.
“A little boy answered the door and told them that the person they were looking for was taking a shower and closed the door,” McLellan said, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “As the brothers left, [the victim] was walking up the driveway to that same house because she was going to meet up with a friend.”
Hancock lived next door and was friendly with the neighbor, police said. As Hancock and the brothers passed each other, Jesse knocked Hancock to the ground with a punch, then began to stomp and kick her, McLellan said.
All three brothers took off running after the alleged assault. Police said they're trying to determine what Thomas and Edward did while their brother reportedly attacked Hancock, and whether the two younger brothers participated in the attack or simply failed to intervene.
“This was done for no apparent reason,” McLellan said.
Neighbors who saw the aftermath of the attack pursued the brothers and called the police, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, and officers caught up with Thomas and Edward Perkins at their home. Later that evening, Jesse voluntarily surrendered himself to police.
It wasn't immediately clear if the Perkins brothers had an attorney.
Jesse Perkins has a two previous convictions for assault on his record, according to the Dallas Morning News. In 2014, he was convicted of misdemeanor assault, and in September he attacked a man with a broken beer bottle. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. Despite the severity of the charge, Jesse avoided jail or prison time, and was sentenced to four years' probation and a $1,500 fine.