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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009 4:16 pm | Updated: 2:08 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a man charged in the 2003 murder of an elderly disabled Mesa man.

Matthew C. Tomlinson is charged with the first-degree murder of Stewart Metcalf, 82, whose body was found Oct. 24, 2003 covered in blood on the floor of his mobile home at 324 S. Windsor, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors filed their intent to seek the death penalty on Thursday.

In unrelated cases, Tomlinson is serving an 18-year prison sentence on burglary, kidnapping and weapons charges, and a 7 1/2-year prison sentence on a conspiracy to commit first-degree murder charge, according to prison records.

Metcalf, who was partially blind and used a motorized wheelchair, died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office. Physicial evidence from the scene connected Tomlinson to Metcalf’s murder, according to prosecutors.

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