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81-year-old O.C. man charged with killing 94-year-old roommate at healthcare center

MCDOUGAL, WILLIAM LEO An 81-year-old man was charged with using a metal rod to kill his 94-year-old roommate at a Laguna Woods rehabilitation center, authorities said Monday.

William Leo McDougall of Laguna Woods was charged with one felony count of murder and faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

McDougall was recovering from hip surgery at the Palm Terrace Healthcare Center when he allegedly became angry with Manh Van Nguyen, who had begun singing in Vietnamese, according to prosecutors. Nguyen was also recovering from hip surgery when the attack occurred. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege that McDougall took a metal rod from the closet and began striking Nguyen on the head. The Oct. 5 incident was witnessed by a nurse, and the attacker had to be restrained by staff, the district attorney's office said.

McDougall is expected to be arraigned Tuesday at the courthouse in Santa Ana.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: William Leo McDougall. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office


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Looks like a good tea party candidate to me.

What I wanna know is -- WHERE ARE THE PARENTS?!?!?

Crazy old fool. What a shame.

That is such a shame. My thoughts go out to the family of Mr. Van Nguyen,

It is a very depressing story. Many people had got killed because of race, nationality, religion and...now you can got killed because of your language !!

It wasn't the singing. He kept forgetting the words.

The article is presenting the facts attained from the viewpoint of the facility. As mentioned in regards to the previous article concerning this incident. Mr. McDougall was asleep when the incident occurred. He had been given Ambien by the facility against the wishes of his family. They told the facility that, since he has been on dialysis for 15 years, he cannot take certain medicine. As you may know side effects of Ambien include sleep walking, sleep binge eating, sleep driving (with no recollection of these) vivid, disturbing dreams/hallucinations. I'm sure that the facility does not want to appear libel. It's a tragic situation in which one family's loved one was killed, and the other family has to face a terrible consequence to a crime that wouldn't have happened had their loved one not been inappropriately medicated. Very sad.

Fine, I'll just randomly break out singing in Vietnamese tomorrow and see how my fellow citizens react?


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