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Antonio Acosta told his daughter and nursing home staff that he was afraid of his roommate, 56-year-old Guillermo Correa. Although he and another roommate, 51-year-old Primitivo Lopez felt unsafe around their wheelchair bound roommate and his constant threats, nothing was done to change the living arrangements or protect the men from his eventual rage. On April 22, Correa killed both men using only the arm of his wheelchair. He beat them to death inside their room at the Lexington Place Nursing & Rehabilitation facility in Houston.
According to nursing home staff, they knew that Correa and the other two men did not get along. It is unclear whether they were informed about the argument before it turned violent. The nursing home facility is cooperating with police as they investigate the murder. State officials, however, will be investigating the facility itself to determine whether it was adequately staffed, in compliance with regulations and followed appropriate training regimens.
Acosta’s daughter told police that she twice asked nursing home officials to remove Correa from her father’s room. Both times the facility took no action. On one occasion they told her, “Well, if you don’t like it you’re welcome to take him somewhere else.”