TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – An 88-year-old man, who is accused of beating his roommate to death at a senior living facility, returned to court Friday. Chester Rusek was brought from the hospital to State Supreme Court.
A judge ordered the release of his medical records in court Friday. According to the Niagara Gazette, Rusek’s defense wants to enter his recent dementia diagnosis as evidence in the trial. In September, two experts reportedly found him mentally competent.
Rusek is charged with manslaughter in the death of 86-year-old Salvatore Trusello.
Investigators say in December, 2012, he attacked Trusello with a large magnet at the Kenwell DePaul Senior Living Facility in Tonawanda. He reportedly struck him in the head and face with a two-and-a-half pound magnet as he lay in bed.
At the time of the incident, police said Rusek thought Trusello was stealing from him. According to police, Rusek said, “I didn’t want to kill him. I just wanted to get even.”