Sep 17, 2009

Released alternate juror would have voted for a first-degree murder conviction in death of 89-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer Elly Lorey

An alternate juror said she would have voted for a first-degree murder conviction in the case of a couple charged with the starvation death of 89-year-old Elly Lorey, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Elizabeth D. Merrill, released this afternoon from duty after hearing seven days of testimony, said she hopes Kerstin and Toby Fenn receive life in prison.

"Obviously they starved her to death," Merrill said. "Just look at the pictures. I've seen people die of AIDS, cancer, old age ... and I have never witnessed such wrapping of bones. It looked like skin just wrapped on the bone."
Source: Susan Spencer-Wendel, Palm Beach Post

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