Man accused of murder of man found beaten in Gilbert home

Man accused of murder of man found beaten in Gilbert home
Jacob Samia (Source: AZ Family)

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - A 32-year-old man is accused of first-degree murder in the Oct. 11 death of a 73-year-old man found badly beaten his Gilbert home.

Gilbert police arrested Jacob Samia on Monday, Oct. 26, in the killing of Frank Bernal.

Police officers following a blood trail after an attempted break-in at a business in the area found Bernal found unconscious and badly injured.

Bernal died at a hospital, and police said their investigation led to Samia, who reportedly had been drinking with other people at a bar before leaving the group.

Court records didn’t list an attorney for Samia who could comment on his behalf about the allegations.

Samia was originally arrested soon after the incident for investigation of burglary, assault and criminal damage charges.

However, he was released two days later after prosecutors did not immediately file charges and asked police for additional information, KPNX-TV reported last week.

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