LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Prosecutors will not file charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer’s patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility until they know if he is competent to stand trial.
A Monday court hearing for Homer Castor was canceled by a judge, who gave prosecutors until June 1 to bring charges against him in the death of 76-year-old Gerald Propp. Police say Castor beat Propp to death on Feb. 21 in the room they shared at Atria Applewood in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.READ MORE: Long Hauler Recovers: COVID-19 Patient Goes Home After 158 Days In Hospital
Police say Castor was difficult to understand and known to wander the facility at night. An earlier encounter between the roommates left Propp, a fellow dementia sufferer, with scratches on his neck.READ MORE: Security Guard: Denver's Union Station 'Being Taken Over' By Crime & Drugs, Is 'Major Risk For Patrons'
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A judge ordered Castor to undergo a competency evaluation at a state mental hospital.MORE NEWS: Multiple Teen Girls Report Escaping Attempted Assaults In Fort Collins
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