Parolee Suspect in Rape of Murder of FilAm

By Joseph Pimentel/

LOS ANGELES – A 24-year-old parolee from Gardena has been charged with raping and murdering a 76-year-old Filipina grandmother.

Thedward Candler allegedly beat and raped Filipina Severa Madrona last September 18.

He is charged with murder with the special circumstance of killing during a rape and sodomy. He was to be arraigned last October 31 in Torrance Superior Court. However, his arraignment was postponed until November 13 so a Public Defender could have time to review the case.

Madrona was taking her routine morning walk in an area in El Camino Village near Torrance last Sept. 18 when the murder took place. Police found Madrona’s body in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue. She died on the spot.

She had been sexually assaulted and beaten; she died of a blunt force head wound, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Gargiulo to CBS-News.

Candler was released from prison just five weeks before Madrona’s death. He had been paroled Aug. 12 after serving a six-year prison sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. He also had a prior conviction for attempted robbery in 2001.

Los Angeles Sheriff Homicide investigators arrested Candler after a DNA sample linked him to the crime scene.

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