California (NBC) (12/24/20)— A man being treated for Covid-19 allegedly killed a fellow Covid-19 patient at a hospital in California last week, officials said.
Jesse Martinez, age 37, was arrested and charged with murder, a hate crime enhancement and elder abuse after he allegedly struck his 82-year-old hospital roommate with an oxygen tank on Dec. 17.
Martinez allegedly became upset when the victim began to pray, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The two men were patients at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.
The victim and suspect did not know each other, the sheriff’s department said.
The victim, whose name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on Dec. 18.
Martinez is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear at Antelope Valley Court in Lancaster on Dec. 28. Court documents did not indicate that Martinez had a lawyer and it is unclear if he retained legal representation.