Donald Pressley has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing his year old roommate at Anson Health and Rehabilitation nursing home. Police said Pressley brutally beat Bill Hooks, an 89-year-old Air Force veteran. It is unclear why no one at the nursing home was able to stop the assault.
Police responded on Aug. 14 after one resident reportedly beat another who was placed in the same room. After 10 days in the hospital, Hooks died from his injuries.
As the investigation continues, Eyewitness News anchor Liz Foster looked into the facility’s history and learned state and federal inspectors have cited the nursing home multiple times, including for incidents involving violent behavior.
Just last year, state inspectors found numerous deficiencies, including faliure to “follow the plan of care for evaluation by a mental health provider to address assaultive behavior,” and “obtain a psychiatric consultation as ordered to address an unnamed resident’s assaultive behavior.”
The federal government has fined the center twice in three years, totaling more than $83,000.
“I don’t think it’s a safe environment, and I don’t think it has been for quite some time,” Anson County resident Ann Poplin said. “I think somebody needs to go in with a close eye and figure out who’s doing their job and who isn’t and get rid of the ones who aren’t,” Poplin said.