86-year-old man charged in death of woman at assisted living facility beats jail time

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An 86-year-old who was charged in the death of a 92-year-old woman at a Chesterfield County has avoided jail time.

Edward B. Huff, 86, had his charge of voluntary manslaughter Noelle Prosequi in court on Friday.

Authorities say at about 8:08 p.m. on October 27, officers responded to a reported assault at Elmcroft, an assisted living facility on Twin Ridge Lane.

Upon arriving, officers located Delora Arnold, 92, who had been assaulted in her room. Arnold was transported to an area hospital for treatment, where she later died as a result of her injuries.

The cause of death is blunt force trauma of neck and chest. The manner of death is homicide.

Chesterfield County Police said a “thorough investigation” of the incident was conducted, as well as consultation with the Chesterfield County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Police arrested Huff on Monday, November 14 for voluntary manslaughter in relation to the incident. Huff was released on bond pending a January court hearing.

We spoke with Huff’s family who told us that he has Alzheimer’s and dementia. They say when they picked him up from jail he had no recollection of where he was or why he was there. They say he has never done anything criminal in his entire life and was an active member of his church before becoming ill. Court records show Huff has no criminal history.

We reached out to Elmcroft, who sent us the following statement.

“Elmcroft of Chesterfield is an assisted living facility that provides housing for elderly individuals. Seniors who reside in this Community are offered assistance with daily living activities based on individual needs. For those residents who need special care for progressed dementia along with their daily living activities, the Community has a dedicated, secured area.

You have made an inquiry to the Community regarding an incident involving certain former residents at Elmcroft of Chesterfield. Out of respect for the privacy of our residents and families, Elmcroft of Chesterfield has no comment.”

Meanwhile Huff’s family says they can’t say enough about how sorry they are for the victim’s family and can’t imagine if the roles were reversed.

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