Zachary Cuen: Man now facing murder charge in death of 'Miss Flo'

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SAN JOSE (KTVU) -- A man accused of beating an 88-year-old San Jose woman is now facing a murder charge following the death of the victim several days after the attack.

Zachary Cuen, 19, had been charged with attempted premeditated murder in the Sept. 12, 2016 attack on Flo Douglas but prosecutors announced Thursday that they have filed murder charges against the suspect.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Ms. Douglas’s family and to so many in the community who loved and respected her,” prosecutor Lance Daugherty said. “We will do everything within our power to hold this defendant accountable for this savage and senseless crime.”

 Douglas, known in her unincorporated East San Jose neighborhood as Miss Flo, died on Oct 8, almost a month after she was beaten during a home invasion and robbery. Authorities called police after they noticed that the woman's car was not parked in her driveway as usual but was down the street.

Proseutors had also charged Cuen with first-degree burglary, robbery and elder abuse. His relatives have called the case "disheartening."