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March 7, 2014

Grandfather died of blunt force trauma

Thursday, March 6, 2014 — The grandfather who was allegedly killed by the hands of his grandson died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to an autopsy report.

Jeff David Steen, 40, of Albemarle was charged with the Nov. 6 killing of J.D. Furr, 87. He was also charged with the attempted murder of his mother, Sandra Steen, 62, formerly of Norwood. The crimes occurred in Richfield, just north of the Stanly County line at Furr’s River Road farm.

The autopsy revealed that Furr suffered multiple skull fractures. Blunt force trauma to the chest and torso was also listed as a contributing factor in Furr’s death. Furr also suffered rib fractures, the report shows.

Steen reported to Rowan County sheriff’s investigators that he had gone to visit his grandfather’s house on the morning of the slaying to help make some repairs. He told authorities that once he arrived he found Furr dead and his mother critically injured.

Steen is charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

He has yet to enter a plea in the case, according to the Rowan County Clerk of Superior Court.

Steen remains jailed at the Rowan County Detention Center under no bond.

To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email ritchie@stanlynewspress. com.

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