SF Convalescent Home Worker Accused of Smothering Patient

Pillow was man's weapon of choice, prosecutors say

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 10:58 AM PDT
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Maximo Fajardo Jr., 32, of San Francisco, was charged Tuesday with murder with the special allegation of using a dangerous or deadly weapon -- the pillow, district attorney's office spokesman Brian Buckelew said.

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A San Francisco convalescent home worker is facing murder charges after he allegedly smothered an 87-year-old woman with a pillow on Monday.

Maximo Fajardo Jr., 32, of San Francisco, was charged Tuesday with murder with the special allegation of using a dangerous or deadly weapon -- the pillow, district attorney's office spokesman Brian Buckelew said.

Fajardo was an employee at Convalescent Center Mission Street in the city's Outer Mission neighborhood. It was his second week on the job at the home and Monday was the first time he was allowed to spend time with residents unsupervised.

Fajardo is also charged with felony elder abuse, two counts of  felony carjacking and one count of attempted felony carjacking, Buckelew said. In addition, he faces three misdemeanor counts: hit-and-run causing property damage, hit-and-run causing injury, and escape.

The escape charge stems from Fajardo's alleged attempt to flee from an interrogation room after being questioned by a homicide inspector and a CSI officer. Fajardo was taken to the ground but no one was injured during the scuffle.

The medical examiner's office is still trying to locate the murder victim's family and has not yet released her name.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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