Man in court for 84-year-old woman's alleged murder

Man in court for 84-year-old woman's alleged murder

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The man accused of killing an elderly woman Monday morning during a home break-in appeared in court for the first time Wednesday.

Arraignment for 31-year-old David Eugene Webster II was continued for a week so the public defender could make sure there's not a conflict of interest in representing Webster.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, say the death penalty is within reason for what Webster is accused of doing. Court records show he's facing first-degree murder and burglary charges.

Margy Lou Licastro, 84, was found dead in her bed after the alleged burglary at her home on the 1900 block of Baker Street.

The woman's 91-year-old husband, Joseph Licastro, who is a Pearl Harbor survivor, was awoken by noises around 5 a.m. that day and called 911. He checked in on his wife but simply thought she was still sleeping. Her death wasn't discovered until officers searched the home.

Late Monday, officers arrested Webster, suspecting him of burglarizing two homes on Baker Street that morning and killing Licastro.

Neither police nor the coroner's office have said how Licastro died, but court documents show a knife was used.