UTICA, N.Y. -- Charges against a Utica man accused of the assault and attempted murder of his grandmother will be upgraded to murder, after his grandmother died in a Syracuse hospital.
Utica police say 23-year-old Andre “A.J.” Anderson poured a flammable liquid on his grandmother, 68-year-old Freddie McKinney, then lit her on fire in her apartment.
It allegedly began as a domestic dispute to which Utica police responded on the 1600 block of West Street, Sunday night.
McKinney was in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital, in Syracuse, but Utica police say she has died.
The attemped murder charge is expected to be upgraded to second-degree murder, and additional charged are likely, according to UPD.
"So at this point he's charged with murder in the second degree, but we're continuing the investigation and continuning our legal research and when we go to grand jury we can always upgrade or ask to upgrade the charges," said Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.
McNamara says Anderson will be charged with his grandmother's murder Thursday, and be arraigned in Utica City Court Friday.