An assault on a man in a nursing home led to his death — and a murder charge for his alleged attacker.
According to the Wadesboro Police Department, 50-year-old Donald Gregory Pressley assaulted 89-year-old William Hooks on Aug. 15 at Anson Health and Rehabilitation. Both men were patients at the center, and police say the incident was reported at 7:38 that evening.
Hooks was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy in Charlotte where he died Aug. 24 from his injuries. Police say they are still unsure what type of injuries Hooks sustained or if a weapon was used and are waiting on the autopsy report from the Medical Examiner’s office.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our residents and send our heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss,” Steve Burroughs, administrator for Anson Health and Rehabilitation said in a statement dated Aug. 28.
According to the statement, the victim was “immediately treated” and transportation was arranged so he could receive further treatment at a local hospital. Staff “quickly alerted local authorities and the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services in accordance with state regulations.”
“Our top priority has always been and remains to be the safety and health of our residents,” the statement reads. “The staff at Anson Health and Rehabilitation will continue to cooperate with local and state officials during their investigation.”
A warrant for Pressley’s arrest was issued on Aug. 25, charging him with first-degree murder. He was booked into the Anson County Jail where he was still being held without bond on Tuesday morning. Pressley is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.
Online court records show he has no other pending charges.
Records with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Pressley was convicted Oct. 23, 1985 on a misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon in Union County and received probation. He has no other criminal convictions in North Carolina.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
According to his obituary from Leavitt Funeral Home, William “Bill” Hooks was a graduate of Lilesville High School and veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
His career in the workforce included working with his father at Hooks Service Stations in Wadesboro; retiring from Phillip Morris in Concord; and later working at Hornwood in Lilesville.
A member of Victory Baptist Church, Hooks served as choir director and “loved gospel music and playing his guitar,” his full obituary reads.
A funeral service was held Monday.
Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.