KHOU TV reported the disturbing murder of two nursing home residents bludgeoned to death inside their room at Lexington Place Nursing Home in Houston. Guillermo Correa, the victims’ roommate was charged with beating the men, Primitivo Lopez and Antonio Acosta, to death with a wheelchair armrest. Chavez says her family repeatedly requested a room change because her father, a stroke survivor, feared Correa.
“He told them that this guy, he’s crazy, he can kill people. He’s going to kill everybody one of these days,” recalled Acosta’s daughter, Irma Chavez.
A state inspection after the murders found serious problems at the nursing home. That included four issues that inspectors said placed residents in immediate jeopardy of harm or death.
After the murders, Lexington Place changed its name to Brookhollow Heights Transitional Care Center. While the name changed, state records show that the owners stayed the same and the problems continued.
In January, 2015, inspectors found that a severely mentally impaired man was put in a room with a convicted violent sexual predator who was part of the state’s civil commitment program. Investigators say the predator struck again, sexually abusing that roommate. Inspectors again cited the nursing home for placing residents in immediate jeopardy.
Then, in March 2015, inspectors cited another immediate jeopardy situation. That time it was for failing to write and use policies that forbid mistreatment, neglect and abuse or residents. In August, Brookhollow Heights was cited for failing to thoroughly investigate and report to the state that a resident was found on the floor bloody, foaming at the mouth and unable to explain what happened.