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Elderly Man Involved in Nursing Home Death Deemed Incompetent to Stand Trial

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72 year-old Cliff Mody, the man who was charged in the death of a fellow resident at Gold Choice Assisted Living & Memory Care back in May, has been declared incompetent to stand trial. After examination, it was determined that Mody’s dementia meets the qualifications of keeping him from the courtroom.

Cliff Mody’s mugshot from May 2022. Ⓒ FCSO

The incident occurred on May 11th when Mody is said to have attacked a 77 year-old woman, who also suffered with memory issues, when she wandered into his room. She was found on Mody’s bed not breathing with injuries to her face. Mody later admitted to police that he killed the woman. Sheriff Rick Staly didn’t condemn Gold Choice for the incident but did urge residents to research the facilities at an assisted living home before entrusting a loved one to their care.

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Mody was initially arrested and booked into the county jail for the killing, but on October 7th he was released back to the custody of his family. “It’s a very sad situation,” Staly said of this resolution to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved, especially the victim’s family.”

6.5 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s, according to Alzheimer’s Association, equivalent to one out of every nine individuals in this age range.

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Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.

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  1. TR

    November 12, 2022 at 9:00 am

    So sad that the family of the deceased woman will not really get closure for holding this guy accountable for his actions. Maybe a law suit to the assisted living facility is in order for not watch this guy and protecting the other patients.

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