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Man charged with murder in Texas nursing home deaths

Published On: Apr 23 2014 07:43:31 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 04:41:05 PM CDT

HOUSTON (AP) -

Authorities have filed a capital murder charge against a Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death.

Guillermo Correa was in custody after being formally charged Wednesday.

Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said employees at the Lexington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center told investigators the 56-year-old Correa got into a fight with his roommates Tuesday evening.
    
Senties said exactly what sparked the fight is still unknown.
    
Irma Chavez, the daughter of 77-year-old Antonio Acosta, one of the victims, said her father had complained about Correa repeatedly, including earlier Tuesday.
    
Plano, Texas-based Pinnacle Health Facilities, listed in state records as the nursing home's owner, did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

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A resident of a Houston nursing home is accused of beating two of his roommates to death with the armrest of his wheelchair.

Police spokesman Victor Senties said a 56-year-old resident of the home will be charged with capital murder for the deaths of two other men, ages 77 and 51.

Senties said it's not clear what provoked the Tuesday night attack, but that the three men in the room did not get along. A fourth roommate was asleep.

Irma Chavez, the daughter of 77-year-old Antonio Acosta, said her father had complained about the accused attacker repeatedly - and as recently as earlier Tuesday.

She said the nursing home told her she could move her father somewhere else.

An employee at the nursing home declined to comment Tuesday.