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Elderly Georgia Man Accused of Killing Wife in Room They Shared at Senior Living Facility

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Feb. 11 2024, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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Authorities in Georgia have arrested an elderly man and accused him of killing his wife in the room they shared at a senior living facility.

Around 10 a.m. on Feb. 6, officers responded to Lindwood Estates Gracious Retirement Living in Lawrenceville and found 71-year-old Grace Hayden dead inside one of the rooms, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

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Officers detained the victim’s husband, 81-year-old Richard Hayden, who lived with his wife in the room.

Gwinnett County Police Corp. Juan Madiedo told WAGA-TV, “It’s unclear who initially made the 911 call, but we do know the facility was aware of a medical emergency in the room."

Madiedo added, "It is believed to be a domestic-related incident between the couple that lived in the same room."

Richard Hayden was taken to a local hospital for evaluation for reasons “unrelated to the incident,” authorities said.

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The elderly suspect was charged with malice murder, aggravated assault, and felony murder. He was expected to be booked into the Gwinnett County jail upon his release.

An autopsy will be completed and the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the victim’s cause of death.

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