An 82-year-old man who was hospitalized with COVID-19 in California was praying last week when his roommate struck him with an oxygen tank, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office says.
The elderly man died of his injuries the next day. Hospital staff detained the roommate, 37-year-old Jesse Martinez.
The sheriff's office says the men did not know each other before rooming together. Martinez has been arrested and charged with murder. The charge against him is upgraded because authorities say it was a religiously motivated killing and constituted elder abuse.