(03/27/2002)
A Clay County woman was charged yesterday with murdering a 72-year-old blind woman in Charleston. Lena Lynn Bowen Peek, 34, has admitted to killing Effie McClanahan. Officers found the elderly woman at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the floor of her residence with a knife protruding from her chest.

Police said the motive appeared to be robbery.

Peek was apparently unemployed and living in the neighborhood with friends.

Peek was arrested across the street with blood-spattered clothing and objects belonging to the McClanahan house.

In 1993, Peek, who was a resident of Bomont, Clay County,was charged with trying to sell her one-month-old baby for $1,400.Police set-up a sting operation and purchased the baby.

She was arrested on a child selling charge which was a misdemeanor at that time, and served about one year in jail.Since that time, child selling has been made a felony with more severe consequences.

The elderly woman was an employee of DNNR in Charleston.


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