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2 charged with killing woman, 84, at Pechanga Resort Casino

Authorities have charged two women with robbing and fatally injuring an 84-year-old woman at a Southern California casino.
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** FILE ** The Pechanga Resort and Casino on the Pechanga Indian Reservation is shown in this aerial view taken Dec. 5, 2002, near Temecula, Calif. Gambling revenue at American Indian casinos grew to nearly $23 billion last year, climbing at a rate more than three times faster than traditional gambling operations, with California tribes accounting for nearly a third of the money, according to a private analyst's report. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have charged two women with robbing and fatally injuring an 84-year-old woman at a Southern California casino.

Kimesha Williams and Candace Townsel of Moreno Valley were arrested this week and charged Friday with murder, robbery, elder abuse and a special circumstance that makes them eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

It's unclear whether they have attorneys.

Prosecutors say the women attacked 84-year-old Afaf Assad of Long Beach in the restroom of the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula on Aug. 31.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says casino surveillance showed the women followed Assad into the bathroom. Four minutes later, they were gone and Assad was found unconscious with a broken skull and a bleeding brain. Her purse with about $1,000 inside was missing.

She died Wednesday.