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Mesa man arrested in Florida in grandma's death

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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 4:33 pm

The grandson of a woman whose body was found inside her east Mesa home last month has been arrested in Florida.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that 43-year-old Reginald Gardner III was taken into custody in a Miami neighborhood.

Authorities say Gardner is awaiting extradition to Arizona and will likely face charges of second-degree murder.

They say Gardner had been living with 88-year-old Lola Pershall, whose body was discovered April 18 by deputies conducting a welfare check at her home.

Authorities say Pershall died from a gunshot wound inside her home and there were no signs of forced entry or signs of a struggle.

Pershall's vehicle was missing when deputies discovered her body. The car was found April 19 in Houston and authorities began searching for Gardner.

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