Charges dropped against Indianapolis man accused of beating mother to death with hammer

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 7, 2015) – Charges have been dropped against an Indianapolis man accused of murdering his mother with a hammer.

Ruth Rainsberger, 88, was killed on November 19, 2013. Ruth’s son, William Rainsberger, 56, found his mother unresponsive in her apartment. He told police his mother suffered from dementia, and he checked on her every day.

According to a coroner’s report, Ruth died from “multiple blunt force traumatic injuries to the head.” Investigators later determined the murder weapon was a hammer. The death was ruled a homicide.

A murder warrant was issued for William on May 22, 2014, and he was taken into custody May 27, 2014.

William spoke with members of the media just one day after he was arrested. “I’ve never done anything to anybody and I would never harm my mother. I have such a sense of loss. I don’t think people realize the sense of loss I have,” William said.

Prosecutors dropped murder charges against William over a year later on Tuesday, July 07, 2015.

Court documents cite “evidentiary problems” as the reason for dismissing the charges.

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