VALDOSTA – A 66-year-old nursing home resident has been charged with murder in the strangulation death of her roommate, according to authorities.
Janet Clements stands accused of killing Cynthia Weekly, 57, at the Crestwood Nursing Home located at 415 Pendleton Place in Valdosta.
At approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Valdosta Police Department responded to the Crestwood facility along with Lowndes County EMS, according to Chief Brian Childress.
Weekley was found unresponsive in her assigned room when EMS arrived. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police reports.
VPD detectives and crime scene personnel responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. Detectives said they did not find evidence of any significant injuries but requested an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Childress.
While questioning the nursing staff, detectives learned Weekley shared a room with Clements, according to Childress.
“We were told that at some point during the night there was an argument between the two roommates,” said Childress. “The staff also told us that Ms. Clements indicated that she may have hurt Ms. Weekley.”
Detectives interviewed Clements who allegedly repeated the same claim that she hurt Weekley, but her descriptions were not consistent with evidence at the scene, authorities said.
After the interview, Clements was placed under the care and supervision of a physician at a medical facility where she remained until Thursday, said Childress.