‘I became a monster’: Suspect accused of hitting, killing grandmother with hammer

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Published: Apr. 15, 2022 at 3:45 PM CDT
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PEORIA (WEEK) - A judge has set bond for the man charged and accused in the killing of his 73-year-old grandmother at $2.5 million.

Prosecutors say Cody Krause, 28 grabbed his grandmother, Glenda Rusterholz, 73, by her throat in the living room of the house and hit her “a lot” of times with a hammer.

They say he crushed her skull, and blood and guts were “splattered around the room.”

Upon their arrival, deputies say Krause was still holding the hammer and had blood on his jeans and boots when he came out of the house. He also allegedly told investigators “I became a monster” and “she wanted it.”

Further, prosecutors alleged he told investigators the voices in his head stopped when he killed her and it was, “best if all of my family was dead.”

In a video feed to the courtroom, Krause spoke only when asked direct questions. He was flanked by two guards and remained handcuffed throughout the proceeding.

Judge Mark Gilles recognizing the extreme nature of the amount, agreed with the state’s $2.5 million dollar bond request calling it necessary to protect the rest of Krause’s family.

Krause is scheduled to be arraigned May 11 and faces 20 years to life in prison.

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