Police: Son charged with murder after 96-year-old mom found beaten to death in Roxborough home

A 96-year-old woman is dead and a man police say is her son has been arrested and charged.

Officials said police were called to the 4200 block of Houghton Street Sunday afternoon, just after 1 p.m., for a disturbance.

A 96-year-old woman, identified as Bertha Johnston, was found dead in a living room inside a residence when they arrived. According to authorities, the woman sustained blunt force trauma to her head and body and died at the scene.


A 96-year-old woman was found beaten to death in a home on Houghton Street in Roxborough.

Police said the weapon was found at the location and her son, 59-year-old Gary Johnston, was arrested. He was charged with murder and possessing instruments of a crime.

Gary Johnston, 59

No details regarding what lead up to the woman's death were given.