Grandson expected to face murder charges after grandmother dies

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The Utica grandmother who law enforcers said was stabbed and burned by a fire set by her grandson on Sunday has died at the hospital.

Utica Police said the grandson is expected to be charged with murder.

Police said Andre J. Anderson, 23, attacked his 68-year-old grandmother, Freddie McKinney, with a knife at her West Street residence at about 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Police said Anderson also set the woman’s house on fire before he left.

When police arrived on the scene, officers forced their way inside and pulled McKinney from the home.

Police said she suffered several knife wounds, as well as multiple burns from the fire.

She had been listed in critical condition at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Police announced this morning that McKinney died from her injuries on Wednesday.

Anderson had been charged and arraigned on one count each of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Police said Anderson’s attempted murder charge is expected to be upgraded to second-degree murder.

The law enforcers added that additional charges are also expected.

This was the fourth homicide in Utica so far this year, and the second to involve a grandson charged with killing her grandmother.

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