Nursing Home Resident Pleads Not Guilty to Murder of Roommate

An 81-year-old former nursing home resident has pleaded not guilty in the beating death of his 94-year-old roommate at a rehabilitation center. Prosecutors say that the attack was triggered by the older man's singing. The suspect pleaded not guilty to murder last Thursday during his arraignment in Superior Court.

The two roommates were both recovering from hip surgery at facility on Oct. 1. Prosecutors said that the younger man took a metal rod from the closet and hit his older roommate repeatedly in the head because his signing was bothering him. A nurse stopped the attack, but not in time.  Bail is $1 million for the alleged abuse. If convicted, he could face 25 years to life in prison. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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