BETHANY Police say they think two women charged in the death of a 94-year-old Bethany man also conned him out of thousands of dollars, but one woman's attorney said the money was given as part of an intimate relationship.
Susan Trube Foushee, 53, and Cynthia Christine Dewberry, 36, were charged Feb. 4 in Oklahoma County District Court with second-degree murder in the death of Paul Eugene Young. Both were being held in lieu of bail Friday in the Oklahoma County jail.
Foushee and Dewberry are accused of causing Young's death by neglecting him while serving as his caretakers.
According to court records, Young called 911 about 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and told police dispatchers he was hungry and wanted food. Police and firefighters went to Young's house and found him in bed with urine-soaked sheets. He had bed sores, what appeared to be recent wounds and a full bed pan nearby, court records state.
Young died Oct. 28 at a local hospital. According to court records, the medical examiner told police "upon initial examination the cause of death was acute pneumonia and severe malnutrition, but Bethany police records provided by Foushee's attorney Mike Gassaway show the medical examiner changed the cause of death to just pneumonia.
Bethany Police Chief Neal Troutman said Young weighed 86 pounds when police found him. Detectives recommended charges of second-degree manslaughter against the women, but the charges were changed to second-degree murder after further investigation by the district attorney's office.
Troutman said Young's bank records showed more than $55,300 had been withdrawn from his account between November 2003 and October 2004 and some money from his $5,000-a-month pension was unaccounted for.