June 18, 2012 – Garrard County, Ky. – According to an article by the Lexington Herald-Leader, a man has pleaded guilty to murdering a mentally disabled resident of a nursing home, after first attempting to frame another resident for the crime back in 2011.
Shawn Akridge was found dead in a group home near Paint Lick. Tyler Brock, 21, told police that he had witnessed another resident, Chester Watkins, strangling Akridge on the bathroom floor. Police arrested Watkins on charges of murder, and he was detained for some time.
When autopsy results later showed that Akridge died of internal abdominal bleeding, not strangulation, it was apparent that Brock had lied. Charges were dropped against Watkins and Brock was arrested.
According to statements by prosecutors in court, Brock had “wantonly caused the death of Shawn Akridge by beating or kicking him.”
On Tuesday, June 12, Brock pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and knowingly abusing an adult. The office of the Garrard Commonwealth’s Attorney has recommended a 10-year consecutive sentence for each crime. Brock’s sentencing hearing will take lace on July 20.
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