EPHRATAH, N.Y. - The Fulton County Sheriff's Office has charged 29-year-old James Dibble of Ephratah with second-degree murder in connection to death of his mother, 57-year-old Gwenda Lisman.
Lisman was found dead in her Ephratah home on Mud Road Monday afternoon. Police tell the NEWS CENTER she died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Dibble was charged Tuesday after taken into custody for questioning on Monday night.
Sheriff Thomas Lorey says investigators believe Dibble and his mother had been arguing over money in recent days, and Lisman's house was in disarray when police arrived on Monday. Neighbors say they had heard the two fighting over the weekend.
Lorey says police were called to the home by a neighbor who went to check on Lisman after she wouldn't pick up her phone. He told the NEWS CENTER that Gwenda Lisman borrowed the rifle used to kill her from a neighbor to keep animals away from her garden.
"They live in a rural area and they were worried about a rodent problem in their garden," he said.
Dibble was believed to have been driving a green Mercedes in the area before he was captured Monday night.
Investigators have taped off the home, at 227 Mud Road and are treating the area as an active crime scene as they collect evidence.
Dibble has been arraigned and remains behind bars at the Fulton County Jail without bail. He is due back in court later this week. He could face up to 25 years to life if convicted.