ENFIELD — A man arrested in connection to the murder of 79-year-old Frances Battagler appeared in court Thursday morning.
Enfield Police Department said they arrested Battatgler’s grandson Anthony Ward, and charged him murder, Wednesday.
Ward was arraigned in Enfield Superior Court The judge ordered Ward held on a $1 million bond. Ward’s attorney requested that Ward be placed on a suicide watch and that he receive mental health treatment.
Police said Battagler was found bludgeoned to death in her home at 47 Second Avenue last month. Her body was discovered during a well-being check prompted by a letter brought to police.
After the news broke out of her death, Ward became a person of interest in connection to her death.
He was later involved in a one car crash in Wethersfield where he was then transported to the hospital for medical care.
Ward’s past criminal record includes possession of drugs and some speeding tickets.
You can read the full arrest warrant below: