Woman accused of killing grandmother, setting fire to house pleads not guilty

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — The woman charged with killing her grandmother and setting fire to a house with her body still inside has pleaded not guilty to all four charges she’s facing.

Elizabeth Durkee is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation and suffocation, arson, and mutilating a corpse.

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The charges against Durkee stem from an incident in June that was initially reported as a house fire until authorities found a woman’s body inside the home. Authorities later identified that person as Durkee’s grandmother.

Durkee allegedly told investigators after her arrest that her grandmother wanted to die because she didn’t want to go back to a nursing home. According to a criminal complaint, Durkee admitted to putting duct tape over her grandmother’s face and watching her suffocate before leaving her in the home for several days.

She’s currently being held on a $1 million bond.

Durkee’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.