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Hall County man, 32, accused of killing his 70-year-old grandmother

Ronnie Rucker, 32, of Gainesville, is accused of killing his 70-year-old grandmother, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.
Ronnie Rucker, 32, of Gainesville, is accused of killing his 70-year-old grandmother, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.Hall County Sheriff's Office

A Hall County man remains in jail Saturday after he was arrested for allegedly killing his 70-year-old grandmother.

So far, investigators have not released a motive for the crime or the circumstances surrounding her death.

Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to a home on Liberty Street in Gainesville after someone called to report a woman being assaulted, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. They did not say who made the 911 call.

The victim, Lula Bell Howard, was transported by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she later died, the sheriff’s spokesman Deputy John Marshall said.
Deputies later obtained a warrant for the woman's 32-year-old grandson’s arrest, Marshall said. Ronnie Quqomeki Rucker was arrested and booked into the Hall County jail later that day on a charge of murder, he said. He is awaiting his first court appearance.

So far, the cause of Howard’s death has not been released. And it’s unclear if anyone else was inside the home at the time of the incident. Deputies also have not released any details on the woman's injuries or where in the home she was assaulted.

Rucker is a convicted felon and has twice served in state prison, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He was most recently released in December after serving nearly four years following an aggravated battery conviction, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

From June 2007 until April 2009, Rucker served time for his conviction for aggravated assault, the paper reported.