BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Charges have been upgraded against a Baton Rouge man who is accused of beating a 66-year-old man to death, officials say.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident originally occurred on March 23, 2013 at roughly 8:30 p.m. However, the victim did not die until April 11, 2013 and the autopsy to determine the exact cause of death was not completed until today.
The victim, Richard Ray Gore, was a resident of a group home. Officials say the suspect, Wilson M. Cousin, Jr., 46, hit Gore while he was sleeping with a 3-foot long steel bar.
Gore was taken to a local hospital with multiple lacerations, broken bones and a possible fractured skull.
Cousin was booked for Aggravated Second-Degree Battery. However, the autopsy revealed that Gore died as a result of the injuries he sustained in that incident, so Cousin’s charges were upgraded to Second-Degree Murder.
Cousin is currently locked up in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
This is the fourth homicide investigation for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office during 2013. It is the agencies only non-shooting fatality case. So far there have been a total of 21 homicide investigations in East Baton Rouge Parish. All of those have occurred within the city of Baton Rouge.