Man held on charge in fatal bludgeoning of 80-year-old woman

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A Dubuque man accused of killing an 80-year-old woman in her home has been ordered held on $2 million cash bond.

The Telegraph Herald reports that 60-year-old Mark Fishler had the bond set Friday after he was arrested Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder. Police suspect Fishler in the death last month of Berniece Williamson.

Police say a family friend who was asked to check on Williamson found the woman’s body on July 15 just inside her basement door with a roll of carpet over her head and blood on the floor. Police say video and other evidence pointed to Fishler.

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