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Roommate charged in homicide at St. Louis County nursing home

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/3/2019

Jan. 02--UPDATED with man charged and identification of man killed.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY --A nursing home resident was charged Wednesday in the apparent beating death of his roommate.

St. Louis County officers found the body of Larry Harris, 69, with apparent physical injuries just after 7 a.m. at The Estates of Spanish Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, 610 Prigge Road in Spanish Lake.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Another resident, Willie Clemons, 73, was charged with second-degree murder in the death. Clemons is being held in the St. Louis County Justice Center in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Court documents say that Clemons and Harris were roommates at the nursing facility. A nurse found Harris lying in his bed and not breathing.

Harris had visible injuries to his head consistent with being struck multiple times, court documents say. Clemons had what looked like blood on his hands when he was arrested.

Clemons admitted punching Harris multiple times while he was on top of him on a bed, authorities said.

The Estates is a 150-bed, licensed skilled nursing facility, according to state records.

Staff at the nursing home declined to comment.

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