Lawrence Healthcare attendant possibly tried for first-degree murder

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A judge is considering whether there’s enough evidence to try a Lawrence health care attendant with first-degree murder in the death of a man with cerebral palsy.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel says she’ll issue her ruling May 5. She made the announcement after the preliminary hearing for 49-year-old Ronald Eugene Heskett ended Friday.

Heskett is jailed on $500,000 bond in the asphyxiation death of Vance Moulton. The 65-year-old Moulton had a towel around his head when he was found dead Sept. 12 in his apartment.

A Lawrence detective testified that Heskett told investigators the death was an assisted suicide. A former co-worker said Moulton raised concerns about bank statements, although the worker said Moulton never indicated he suspected Heskett of taking money.

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