Fatal Assault in Nursing Home: 71-Year-Old Man Arrested for Allegedly Beating Fellow Resident to Death Over Washing Machine Dispute

Police arrested a 71-year-old man after he allegedly beat a fellow nursing home resident to death because he was mad about the victim using the washing machine.

On Nov. 17 at 9:25 p.m., Joliet Police Department officers were called to Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation on Rockwell Avenue regarding a battery in the building.

Officers went inside and reportedly found a 61-year-old man unresponsive inside the laundry room. Staff members from the nursing home rendered aid until paramedics arrived.

The victim, who remained unidentified, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to Joliet Police, investigators allege the suspect, William Paschall, assaulted the victim in the laundry room because he was “angry about the victim’s use of the washing machine.”

Paschall allegedly punched the victim in the head several times, then took the victim’s walker and hit him with it. The victim reportedly fell to the ground after being attacked by the walker.

A nursing home staff member reportedly tried to step in and stop the fight. Both Paschall and the victim lived at the nursing home.

Paschall was arrested and transported to the Will County Adult Detention Center and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery to a person 60 years of age or older.

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