- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - The former administrator of a South Texas hospice has pleaded not guilty to capital murder and other charges in the death of a 96-year-old man who authorities say had left her his estate.

Monica Patterson of Harlingen is one of two people being held following the January 2015 death of Martin Knell.

Patterson is the former administrator of Comfort House Services in McAllen. A criminal complaint says Patterson and Angel Mario Garza went to Knell’s home where a caretaker for Knell heard him having an argument with Patterson. The caretaker, who worked for Patterson, later found Knell dead.

The Brownsville Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1QODQMC ) Garza told investigators Patterson promised him part of Knell’s estate if he assisted in the killing.

Patterson entered her plea Thursday. Garza has not yet entered a plea.



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Information from: The Brownsville Herald, https://www.brownsvilleherald.com

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