EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons filed murder charges Friday in connection with Thursday’s homicide in Granite City.
Granite City police responded to a residence in the 2800 block of Harding Thursday, July 10, at about 3:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a deceased person at that residence. They found Woodrow Dilday, 82, lying on the floor with visible head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later by the Madison County Coroner’s Office.
Officers took Dilday’s daughter, Diane S. Kelly, 54, into custody at the scene. The investigation has shown that Kelly hit her father in the head multiple times with a bludgeon following an exchange between the two of them. Dilday’s wife, Kelly’s mother, was in the home at the time. She was not injured.
Kelly is facing two counts of first-degree murder. If convicted, she faces 20-60 years in prison. She remains in custody at the Granite City Police Department and is expected to be taken to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville later Friday. She is being held without bond.
“Elder abuse comes in many forms and unfortunately, it can often end tragically as it has in this instance,” Gibbons said. “I want to express my sympathy to the family of Woodrow Dilday. It’s heartbreaking to have to deal with the violent death of a loved one and even more so when it comes at the hands of another family member.”Gibbons thanked the Granite City Police Department and Coroner’s Office for their work.