Police: Man, 95, killed assisted living worker over money

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Okey Payne

Lafayette, Colorado — A 95-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting an employee in the head at his assisted living center in Lafayette Wednesday morning.

The crime occurred in the lobby of ‘Legacy Assisted Living’ around 7 a.m. local time.

Police responded to the scene at 225 Waneka Pkwy and located the elderly suspect, Okey Payne, in his room. The victim, Ricardo Medina-Rojas, who was in his 40s, was taken to a hospital and placed on life support. He has since died.

Payne, is facing a charge of first-degree murder.

A police report reveals Payne confessed to killing Medina-Rojas–telling police he believed the victim was stealing his money. Payne told investigators he was missing 2 one hundred dollar bills.

Legacy Assisted Living released the following statement to CBS4: “We are devastated by the incident that took place at our community this morning. In consideration of privacy laws and the integrity of the investigation process, we cannot share specifics about those involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employee and their family, as well as our residents and staff who are understandably shaken by what took place. Our chief concerns at this time are providing comfort and care to all that have been impacted. As it is an active investigation, we will not be commenting further on this matter.”

Police are still trying to piece together how Payne obtained the weapon.

A friend of the murder suspect spoke to CBS Denver, and revealed details that were possible red flags.

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