89-year-old was beaten to death in an Ohio nursing home. Years later, a man with Alzheimer's is accused of murder.

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Jun. 14 2021, Published 12:26 p.m. ET

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An 89-year-old resident of an Ohio nursing home was beaten to death. Two years later, a grand jury indicted a man with Alzheimer's in connection to the murder.

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On July 24, 2019, Watson Wilcox, 89, who had Alzheimer’s disease, was found bleeding on the floor of his room, police said.

Horace Landers, 83, who also has Alzheimer’s, was in Wilcox’s room when police found the victim. Landers had blood on his knuckles and slippers, officials said.

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According to authorities, Landers was interviewed by detectives afterward and he could not recall anything that happened.


WKBN reported Wilcox was treated at a local hospital for blunt force injuries and then transferred back to the nursing home for hospice treatment before he died in the nursing home on Aug. 6, 2019.

According to the coroner’s report, Landers's death was ruled a homicide.

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On June 10, 2021, a grand jury indicted Landers for the 2019 beating death of Wilco on charges of murder and felonious assault, authorities said.

Assistant Prosecutor Mike Yacovone told WKBN that Landers has Alzheimer’s, but charges needed to be filed for the death of Wilcox.

Yacovone added it would be up to a judge to determine if Landers would is competent to stand trial.


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