A Florida couple, Toby and Kerstin Fenn, are currently on trial in Palm Beach after being charged with elder abuse and murder in the death of Kerstin Fenn’s mother, Elly Lorey, reports the Sun Sentinel.com.
It has taken three years for this case to come to trial and the Fenn’s have been in jail all this time. Jury selection in the case is currently underway.
The Fenn’s were charged after Elly Lorey’s body was found dead in the couple’s living room after Toby Fenn called police. Lorey, who was an Alzheimer’s patent, was 89 years old at the time of her death. She weighed just 80 pounds at the time of her death. The Palm Beach County medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death as starvation and dehydration.
Each side in this case has hired leading experts and forensic pathologists, Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Vincent DiMaio.
The Fenn’s defense attorney says the couple did the best in caring for Lorey and that they both loved her.
It will be interesting to see how the defense presents their case. Lorey was clearly neglected because her bedroom lacked electricity and water and it was saturated with urine and feces. She was not under a physician’s care. We will watch and see if the couple are convicted of murder.
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