UPDATE (9:39 AM): According to our media partner, ‘The Leader,” Gerald C. Early was a World War II veteran who served as a Merchant Marine on D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history.

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CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – Brenda Lee McKay, 51, of the City of Corning has been arrested and charged with Murder in the Second Degree.

A joint investigation between the Corning Police Department, New York State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and District Attorney’s office began earlier on Saturday into the death of a 100-year-old resident of Corning.

According to a press release from the City of Corning Police Department, Gerald C. Early was found unconscious in his home with severe head trauma. He was air-flighted to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where he was pronounced dead.

McKay allegedly attacked Early in his home and intentionally caused his death striking him multiple times in the head with a hammer.

McKay was processed and taken to the Steuben County Jail where the will await a Sunday morning arraignment on her murder charge.

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