Man Charged in Grandmother's Murder

A Lake View Terrace man was charged Tuesday with murdering his 78-year-old grandmother, who was bludgeoned with a hammer.

Joseph Max Kushner, 26, is scheduled to be arraigned June 9 in a San Fernando courtroom in connection with the death of Armida Custodio, whose battered body was found May 4 in her Lake View Terrace home.

The criminal complaint alleges that Custodio was killed between May 2 and May 4 and that Kushner used a hammer in the commission of the crime.

The woman's body was found by officers conducting a welfare check at her home in the 11300 block of Terra Vista Way, which she shared with her grandson. Two days later, the Los Angeles Police Department named him as a suspect in her killing.

Kushner, who was arrested Friday, faces up to 26 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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