Pensioner, 95, ‘shoots dead carer before shrugging off pointless life sentence’

An elderly man allegedly shrugged off shooting dead his carer by suggesting he would be too old for a life sentence to have any meaning.

Okey Payne, 95, is accused of shooting dead his 40-year-old carer Ricardo Medina-Rojas.

The OAP believed that Mr Medina-Rojas had stolen $200 (£145) from him – and reportedly shot the younger man in the head in the lobby of Legacy at Lafayette nursing home.

Payne is then said to have calmly returned to his room where police later found him and arrested him on suspicion of murder.

CrimeOnline reports Payne told detectives he believed his victim was drugging him as well as stealing from him – and claimed his carer was planning to kill him.

While he is said to have also claimed his ex-wife was plotting with care home staff to steal money from him.

The outlet claims that the Lafayette Police Department and Adult Protective Services investigated Payne’s claims and deemed them unsubstantiated.”

Payne is reported to have confessed to his crime while travelling in a police car following his arrest.

The OAP is said to have had a gun in his possession that was a weapon his own father had carried in World War I.

Local news outlet KMGH reports that a housekeeper who worked at the care home had previously overheard Payne threaten to kill his carer.

The housekeeper is reported hearing Payne state: “Someday I’m going to kill them. What are they going to do? Give me life?”

He is said to have threatened another member of staff at the care home, telling them “You’re next” after he allegedly shot Mr Medina-Rojas dead.

The Gazete suggests Payne had other guns confiscated from him in the past but a housekeeper stated the OAP had kept a pistol in a bag that he carried around with him.

Payne’s first court appearance was on Friday.

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