UPDATE: Man dies days after assault; wife charged with murder
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police say charges were upgraded Thursday to murder against a woman accused of assaulting her elderly husband, who died nine days after the reported attack.
Investigators say 68-year old Carol Ann Hignite is also charged with Abuse/Neglect of an Adult. She was initially charged with assault.
Police say around 1:30 p.m. on September 28, officers were sent to a home in the 900 block of Holly Springs Drive where they say they found 76-year old Leon Hignite unconscious on the floor with visible injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where he died October 4, according to the Fayette County coroner. His death was ruled a homicide.
Investigators say the reported assault happened on September 25. They believe Leon Hignite had been lying on the floor for three days following the reported assault. Investigators say Carol Ann Hignite told them she didn’t get help for her husband because she thought he would get better.
In a bizarre twist in the case, when investigators went to the then empty Hignite home with a search warrant, it caught fire. The cause is still unknown, according to arson investigators.
According to police statistics, Leon Hignite was the 24th homicide victim in Lexington in 2017, which matches the total for all of 2016.