81-Year-Old Charged With Killing Caretaker

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Mugshot courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Mugshot courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) - An 81-year-old Gardnerville man accused of shooting and killing his caretaker has been charged with murder.

Douglas County authorities say Melvin Norlund remained jailed Friday and is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.

Norlund is charged with shooting and killing 51-year-old Catherine Mary Costanza with a shotgun. Authorities said Costanza, of Concord, Calif., was living with Norlund and taking care of him.

Investigators say the shooting happened Thursday afternoon at a home in the Fish Springs area of Gardnerville. Norlund then went to a neighbor's house and reported what happened. He was taken into custody without incident when deputies arrived.

Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks says Norlund told investigators the shooting occurred during an altercation.

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