94-Year-Old Beaten to Death in Nursing Home

By his 81-year-old roommate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 3, 2010 1:10 PM CDT
94-Year-Old Beaten to Death in Nursing Home
When Octogenarians attack!   (AP)

(Newser) – Authorities say an 81-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for allegedly beating to death his 94-year-old roommate at an Orange County nursing home. According to police, William McDougall allegedly took a bar used to hang clothes from a closet, and used it to repeatedly strike his roommate, Manh Ban Nguyen, about the head.

Detectives are still investigating a possible motive for the assault, which occurred at Palm Terrace Healthcare Center, a 99-bed residential facility in Laguna Hills. Nguyen, who was found beaten around the head, was pronounced dead at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. (Read more murder stories.)

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