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Tiffany Hall Nursing and Rehab Center. Photo: Port St. Lucie Police Department

Man charged with murder of resident at Florida nursing home

A Florida man has been charged with the murder of a resident at one of the state’s nursing homes.  

Police were sent to the Tiffany Hall Nursing & Rehab Center on January 5 for reports of a 95-year-old resident “being hurt” by an unknown male suspect.

They were told a nurse walked past the resident’s room when she noticed a man sitting on top of the patient’s chest and holding a pillow over his face.

The nurse yelled for a colleague to call the police as the man fled the facility.

Port St. Lucie Police Department detectives later arrested 47-year-old William Hawkins in connection with Morell’s murder.

Morell’s partner, who has not been publicly identified, revealed she had been dating Hawkins for about five months. He was also the last person on Morell’s visitor list.

Treasure Coast Newspapers in the US reported that the woman at one point called Tiffany Hall and told the facility she didn’t want Hawkins visiting.

The same paper said an unredacted police report detailed a recorded conversation with Hawkins’ sister, during which he revealed that he had been planning Morell’s death for years and used Morell’s partner to get close to him.

In that conversation, Hawkins told his sister that Morell wrote a book about him and it angered him.

Case records also stated that he believed he’d accomplished his life goal.

They quoted him as saying: “Let’s say in your life you wanted to climb Mount Everest, OK? And all your life you trained and trained and trained to climb Mount Everest. OK? And finally you climbed it, in all your life, finally you made it to the top, when you made it to the top, how would you feel?”

Hawkins was charged with murder last week.

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