Nirmal: A man was held for allegedly killing his stepmother in Munyal village in Kadam mandal on Friday.
Khanapur inspector Peddanna Kumar said the suspect, Buddi Bheemesh, a native of Munyal, had killed Buddi Gangavva, a 55-year-old resident of the same village.
Police said Bheemesh had admitted to smashing Gangavva on the head with an iron road and then strangulating her to death with a telephone cable after she refused to give him cash. He also had an eye on her property. Bheemesh, according to the police, was jobless and had been harassing the woman for some time, seeking money to sustain his addiction to liquor.
Bheemesh, the son of a relative of Gangavva, was adopted by her a few years back following the death of her husband.