1 dead, 1 arrested after dispute over cane at NC assisted living center

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William Almon King

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — One man is dead and another arrested after a dispute over a cane at a North Carolina assisted living center.

The Wilmington Star News reported that 68-year-old William Almon King and James Wescott got into a dispute at Leland House Assisted Living and Memory Care in Brunswick County on Saturday.

Both were both residents of the facility. Authorities said Wescott was point and waving a cane at King at about 5:30 p.m.

King allegedly told Wescott to stop waving the cane at him and when he didn’t, authorities said King struck Wescott.

Wescott then fell over and hit his head. He was taken to the hospital and died the next day. Deputies said Wescott suffered “massive bleeding to the brain.”

King has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. He was jailed under a $100,000 bail.