Anna Tykarsi TInsely dies of injuries
ndlmoKIri imiiiyiro 87, to of By TOM KEHOE Courier-News Courier-News Courier-News Staff Writer SOMERVILLE - A South Bound Brook man who is believed to have pushed his 87-year-old 87-year-old 87-year-old 87-year-old 87-year-old grandmother down a flight of stairs was charged with murder after the woman died yesterday. Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Nicholas L. Bissell Jr. said Anna Tinsley died of head injuries she suffered 29 days ago in her Beck Avenue home. Charges against her grandson, 30-year 30-year 30-year old Joseph Rula, were upgraded Charges against grandson upgraded to murder from aggravated assault to murder, Bissell said. The prosecutor said it is unclear whether Tinsley's head injuries were suffered in a fall or were inflicted by Rula prior to the fall. "We're asking the pathologist to give an opinion," Bissell said. If convicted, Rula could face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. He is being held at Somerset County Jail on of $100,000 bail. Assistant Prosecutor Craig Barto said they are uncertain exactly what happened during the incident, because because there were no witnesses. He said that Rula waited several hours after the incident before calling for an ambulance and the South Bound Brook Police Department. When they arrived, police reported that Rula told them that his grandmother grandmother had fallen down the stairs. But when police asked Tinsley what happened, she pointed her finger at Rula. The South Bound Brook police didn't call in the prosecutor's office until the following day, Barto said. According to court records, Rula told detectives from the prosecutor's office that he pushed his grandmother grandmother down the stairs after a heated argument. Bissell said that the case probably won't go to trial until the late fall. Rula, who is unemployed, stayed home most of the day to care for his grandmother, neighbors said. Both of Rula's parents are deceased. Tinsley, who apparently suffered a stroke several years ago, rarely ven- ven- tured outside the house and did not associate with the neighbors. "The neighborhood thinks it's a tragedy," Pat Eutsler of 220 Beck Ave. "But it's a blessing for the woman ... now she's in peace." Neighbors previously had expressed expressed concern about Tinsley's welfare, welfare, and some had reported hearing arguments on several occasions at the home, Eutsler said. Police had been called to the house several times and neighbors have complained about loud music being played there.