Health care worker charged in the death of a man he cared for

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A health care attendant has been charged in a September homicide of a man he cared for in Lawrence.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged 48-year-old Ronald Eugene Heskett, of Eudora, with first-degree murder in the death of 65-year-old Vance Moulton. He was found dead at his apartment on Sept. 12.

Prosecutors say Heskett was a health care attendant for Moulton, who had cerebral palsy. The Lawrence Journal-World reports investigators initially were unsure whether Moulton’s death was a homicide or suicide.

Heskett’s bail was set at $500,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found in her home Sunday. Police say evidence indicates a violent incident occurred. The victim’s identity has not been released.

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