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Man accused in attack on mother now facing murder charge

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana man who police say told an officer that he was possessed by demons and Adolf Hitler when he allegedly attacked his mother is facing a murder charge.

Court records say the charge was added Tuesday against 34-year-old Jason Steiss, who last week was jailed on charges including aggravated battery .

Fort Wayne police say Joy Steiss died after being taken to a hospital early Oct. 24 after being bit, hit, punched and choked. The Allen County coroner determined the 64-year-old died of strangulation.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment from a lawyer listed in court records as representing Steiss.

The first responding officer said in court records that Jason Steiss met her when she approached their home and said he killed his mother and was possessed.

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