updated 5/26/2004 3:42:14 PM ET 2004-05-26T19:42:14

Police arrested a 61-year-old man for the 2002 murder of a Tennessee woman, along with the woman's grandson, and both are being held without bail following their arraignment in district court.

Police arrested David William Cosgriff III on Monday for killing 76-year-old Kathleen Taylor, and also took the victim's grandson, Christopher J. Zamisz, 36, into custody.

Cosgriff and Zamisz came to Pittsfield in August 2002, a month after Tennessee authorities questioned them about the Taylor's disappearance. Cosgriff and Zamisz, who lived with Taylor in her Harriman, Tenn., home, told authorities she was in Florida for knee surgery, according to court documents.

Hunters found Taylor's badly decomposed body in a shallow grave on Dec. 27, 2003, about four miles from her residence in Tennessee, Pittsfield police spokesman Detective Sgt. Mark G. Bushey told The Berkshire Eagle.

Police believe she died after being struck with a blunt object.

Taylor was last seen Feb. 25, 2002. Police found more than $20,000 had been withdrawn from her bank account between Dec. 21, 2001, and July 2002, the Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel previously reported.

Taylor's daughter, who lives in Texas, filed a missing persons report in July 2002.

A Roane County, Tenn., grand jury indicted Cosgriff on a charge of first-degree murder, which can carry the death penalty. The grand jury additionally charged both Cosgriff and Zamisz with theft of property between $1,000 and $10,000 in connection with allegations that they stole Taylor's pickup truck.

The truck has been recovered by authorities and is being examined for forensic evidence.

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