Friday, August 17, 2012

83-year Old Laguna Woods resident convicted of murdering 94-year old roommate in rehab center.

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  - William Leo McDougall, an 83-year-old man was convicted today of murdering his 94-year-old roommate by repeatedly hitting him in the head with a wooden rod while the two were living in a rehabilitation center recovering from hip surgeries.

McDougall, Laguna Woods, pleaded guilty to one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. His sentencing is scheduled Oct. 26, 2012
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office, on Oct. 1, 2010, McDougall was recovering from a hip surgery at Palm Terrace Healthcare Center in Laguna Woods. McDougall became angry with his 94-year-old roommate, Manh Van Nguyen, because he thought that Nguyen was singing in their room in Vietnamese while also recovering from a hip surgery. 

McDougall took a wooden rod from the closet in their room and hit Nguyen multiple times in the head with the rod. A nurse, who had been approaching the room, reported the incident to staff members, who restrained McDougall.  

The victim was taken to the hospital, where he died due to blunt force trauma to the head. 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

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