Richmond Man on Trial Following Elderly Mother's Death

The trial of a Richmond man accused of neglecting his 86-year-old mother, who was found dead with bedsores, gangrene and surrounded by flies started this week in the Richmond Circuit Court.

Richard Lee Wallace, 57, is charged with elder abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult resulting in death. The prosecutors say that the man failed to seek medical attention for his deteriorating mother. However, the man's defense attorneys say that the mother hated hospitals and refused to see a physician.

According to the prosecution, when medics arrived to house where the mother and son lived, they found the elderly woman's body (deceased no more than an hour) on a couch in the cluttered home amid hundreds of flies. The woman had bedsores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores and decubitus ulcers) on her body and the cause of death was a bacterial infection caused by gangrene, according to medical testimony. Prosecutors say the son only called an ambulance after she was dead because he was unable to move the body. 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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