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Troutman said Young's bank records showed more than $55,300 had been withdrawn from his account between November 2003 and October 2004 and some money from his $5,000-a-month pension was unaccounted for.
Canceled checks for a total of $21,782.12 were found made out to Foushee and checks totaling $46,484.80 were made out to Dewberry from the account during that time frame.
Foushee's attorney Mike Gassaway said she had developed an intimate relationship with Young after living across the street from him for many years. Any money given to her was given as a gift and not as fees for care, he said.
Gassaway said Foushee never was Young's caretaker.
"Everybody says, Well, there's 40 years difference between them,' but she grew up that way her (Foushee's) father was 30 years older than her mom, Gassaway said.
"She was not a parasite.
Foushee moved to Galveston, Texas, in August to take a job there, and Dewberry, her daughter, started dropping by to check on Young, Gassaway said.
Gassaway said as of Friday, Dewberry had not retained an attorney.
In a separate but related case, Dewberry faces additional charges of larceny of an automobile and forgery of title.
Dewberry is accused of taking Young's car after the Department of Human Services seized it during the investigation into his death. A bill of sale produced by Dewberry was a suspected forgery, court records show.
Foushee is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. March 3 before Special Judge Russell Hall in Oklahoma County District Court. Dewberry's first appearance is scheduled for the same time before Special Judge Carol Ann Hubbard.Archive ID: 2261412