Man kills self before standing trail for starving father
William Donald Rush, 45, (right) was found shortly after 9 a.m. Monday in a Ford pickup truck near his Denton County home, authorities said. They said they believed he killed himself.
Rush was to go on trial on a charge of injury to an elderly person with bodily injury, a third-degree felony, records stated.
Rush was accused of starving to death his father, 66-year-old Robert Rush, who died on June 22, 2009. The son's trial was supposed to start Monday.
At the time of his death, Robert Rush had bedsores on 80 percent of his back and was suffering from gangrene, records stated.
Son accused of beating dad with baseball bat near Venus
Robert Ehrhardt, 53, died Monday afternoon at a Fort Worth hospital, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported.
His son, Kenneth R. Ehrhardt, 17, (left) was being held Tuesday in the Johnson County Jail, said Lt. Tim Jones, a sheriff's office spokesman.
When deputies arrived at the home late Sunday evening, "they noticed the victim lying on the floor with severe head trauma," Jones said in a news release. "According to witnesses a disturbance had occurred that had escalated into the younger Ehrhardt attacking his father with a bat."
Woman stands trial, accused of participating in father's death
Was she a victim, a savage killer or both?
That's what is being determined this week in the Hood County trial of Deborah Ann Malone Wilson. She is accused of participating in the killing of her 82-year-old father, George Malone, last year a year ago today.
In opening statements Tuesday, defense attorney Terence Russell said George Malone was a hardened man who mistreated and tormented Wilson, 60, her entire life, including the day she joined her brother in the beating that caused the man's death.
But Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry argued that Wilson scratched and bit her father “like an animal,” knowing that even minor wounds could be dangerous because he was on blood thinners.
Wilson’s brother, David Lee Malone, 59, was sentenced earlier this month to 99 years in prison.
Photo of marshal impersonator released
The photo, taken by a motorist, (right) showed the man armed with black semi-automatic handgun.
A motorist said the fake marshal brandished a handgun with a laser sight and pointed it at the motorist’s head.
Dallas police are looking for any motorists that the man may have pulled over at Lemmon and Wycliff avenues.
-- Compiled from the works of Domingo Ramirez Jr., Martha Deller and Bill Miller