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Trial ordered for man accused of killing elderly woman during break-in

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of murdering an 87-year-old woman during a break-in at the victim's Golden Hill home last year was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Jeff Boswell, also known as Tom Reed, is charged in the death of Blanche Griffin, who lived near Boswell's girlfriend on F Street near 29th Street.

Griffin's son-in-law went to check on her last July 10 and found her body. The victim's noticed rings missing from her mother's fingers and jewelry and a computer missing from the home.

A deputy medical examiner determined that Griffin suffered blunt force trauma to the head, neck and chest and was strangled, according to Deputy District Attorney Dan Link.

Boswell, 44, was located in his girlfriend's apartment, and his DNA was found under the victim's fingernails and on her neck, Link alleged.

Judge Charles Rogers ruled that enough evidence was presented for Boswell to proceed to trial on a murder charge with special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and murder during a burglary.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will decide later whether Boswell will face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted.

Boswell is also charged with two burglaries which happened after the homicide, Link said.

The defendant has a lengthy criminal history, including a burglary conviction from 1995, according to the prosecutor.

A Superior Court arraignment was set for June 17.

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