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Convicted felon arrested in murder of elderly Bradenton woman

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The victim lived in the Burgundy complex off Cortez Rd. in Bradenton. The victim lived in the Burgundy complex off Cortez Rd. in Bradenton.
Matthews, 32, was released from state prison in 2011. Matthews, 32, was released from state prison in 2011.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) - A convicted felon with a long list of prior arrests was arrested Saturday in the murder of a 79-year-old Bradenton woman.

Richard W. Matthews Jr. is being held without bond at the Manatee County Jail. He is facing one count of murder, one count of burglary and one count of grand theft auto.

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According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to 204 46th Ave. Terrace West, Apartment 204 just after 6 p.m. on Friday in response to a 9-1-1 call.

When they arrived the body of Helen Van Orden was discovered inside the unit. Her son stopped by to check on her and found her deceased.

An autopsy conducted on Saturday revealed the cause of death to be homicide. Several leads were developed and Matthews was identified as a possible suspect.

The report states the suspect knew Van Orden through a family member. Matthews, 32, is no stranger to law enforcement in Manatee County.

He’s been arrested more than a dozen times in the past 15 years on a variety of charges. Matthews has also served two stints in state prison for convictions out of Manatee County on burglary and giving false information to a pawn broker charges.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
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