An 18-year-old man from Florida has been charged with murder after beating his 69-year-old grandmother to death in a blind rage after she hid his beer while he was in the shower.
Joyce Ann Courson died in the hospital on October 18 after spending 10 days in the hospital for the injuries sustained by her grandson, Dylan Brougham. When officers arrived on the scene after a domestic disturbance call, they found Joyce laying in pools of her own blood.
According to Jacksonville.com, Dillon Ross, a 22-year-old roommate, said he had just gone to bed after his night job when he heard the argument. Ross claims that this was par for the course for Joyce and Dylan, whose historically struggled with anger issues but has no prior arrests. The argument started after Joyce his Dylan’s beer while he was in the shower, as she did not condone her underage grandson drinking alcohol.
A witness told the Florida Times-Union,
“She took the beer and he just flipped out and I guess she wouldn’t tell him where she put it, so he started punching holes in the wall, then destroying the house pretty much and then blaming her.
I didn’t think anything of it until I heard this ridiculous crash. That’s when it was like this turned into something crazy. After the crash, I heard the grandmother screaming for help.”
Before she died of her injuries, Joyce told police in the hospital that Dylan began yelling “It’s all your fault, everything is your fault!” After that, Dylan allegedly held her down and punched her in the face with his fist over and over again, then began kicking her.
Dylan’s mother told Action News Jax,
“Even though he was drinking the day of the incident, he has some severe anger issues but it rarely comes out but when it comes, it just comes.” Dylan told police that when he gets mad, “he blacks out in rage and does not remember what he does.”
The teen’s mother (the victim’s daughter) told police that her mother told her intensive care unit doctor not to blame him for her death. This could be due to the fact that Dylan hadn’t had the most nurturing childhood.
Complex reports that Dylan’s mother has been arrested more than 20 times, including arrests for drug abuse and prostitution. She was even arrested for battery back in June, when Dylan told police that he saw his mother beat his grandmother on more than one occasion. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Dylan’s paternal grandmother told the media, “when you have a crackhead mother coming and going, being arrested every month—how do they expect this kid to grow up normal.”