SANTA ANA (AP) — An 81-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the beating death of his 94-year-old rehabilitation center roommate, an attack prosecutors say was triggered by the older man’s singing.
William Leo McDougall pleaded not guilty to murder during his arraignment Thursday in Orange County Superior Court.READ MORE: Need A Holiday Package Delivered By Christmas? Here Are Shipping Deadlines
McDougall and Manh Van Nguyen were both recovering from hip surgery at Palm Terrace Healthcare Center in Laguna Woods on Oct. 1.
Prosecutors told The Orange County Register that McDougall got mad because Nguyen was singing in Vietnamese so he took a metal rod from the closet and hit Nguyen repeatedly in the head.READ MORE: 18-Month-Old Baby In Grave Condition After North Hills Hit-And-Run
A nurse stopped the attack.
McDougall’s bail is $1 million. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.MORE NEWS: Bill Clinton Released From UCI Medical Center After 5 Nights
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