Hickory Man Sentenced after North Carolina Nursing Home Death

Posted on Apr 21, 2012
A North Carolina man and former assisted living facility resident was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in a Catawba County Superior Court. He was accused of beating a fellow Hickory nursing home resident to death in 2009.

According to local news sources, including the Charlotte Observer, the murder took place in July 2009 at the Walden House Assisted Living Facility. Authorities say that 70-year-old Roland Simmons was found outside of the nursing home beaten to death. An investigation into the crime led police to then-43-year-old Dennis Edward Scherzer of Hickory, a patient at the nursing home who suffered from mental health issues like paranoid schizophrenia that made it impossible for him to live on his own.

It is not clear if Scherzer was properly medicated for his mental illness at the time of the beating, whether either men had been supervised by staff at the time of the incident, or why the assault took place. The murder case was investigated by Hickory Police and the trial was overseen by Honorable Nathaniel Poovey.

The North Carolina nursing home neglect attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates send their heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and loved ones of Roland Simmons.

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