A 25-year-old man has been charged with murdering his grandmother after she was found stabbed to death in her home.
Greg Irvin was arrested on Thursday – the day after the body of Anne James was discovered by a neighbour in Walsall.
A post-mortem examination revealed that the 74-year-old had died of multiple stab wounds.
“We are all devastated at the loss of a loving wife, mum, grandma and great grandma,” a statement from Mrs James’ family said.
“She was an amazing, generous, kind and much-loved part of our family; she will be very sadly missed.”
Irvin, who is unemployed, is due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Monday.
Detective Inspector Harry Harrison from West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team, said: “This is a murder that has really shocked the local community and we have been working flat-out on the investigation to find the person responsible.
“Clearly bringing this murder charge is a significant step towards securing justice for Mrs James’ many friends and family.”