Okey Payne Bio/Wiki
At his assisted living center in Lafayette, an old man named Okey Payne suspected of killing an employee faces a first-degree murder charge.
Okey Payne admitted to murdering Legacy Assisted Living employee Ricardo Medina-Rojas in a police report released on Thursday.
He is 95 years old.
Investigation (Murdered Worker Details)
Investigators say Payne believed employees were stealing from him at the plant, located at 225 Waneka Parkway, drugging him and eventually attempting to kill him. He also supposedly thought that his ex-wife was working with the employees to try to steal all his money.
—LETTERS FROM THE ACCUSED—@CBSDENVER EXCLUSIVE
95yo Okey Payne is accused of shooting a senior care employee in the head
Letters from Payne to friends show his “paranoia” that he was being monitored 24/7 by a “Den of Thieves”
Friends say Okey was in a downward tailspin lately pic.twitter.com/CW4HU87ij9
— Dillon Thomas (@DillonMThomas) February 4, 2021
Police state the Lafayette Police Department and Adult Protective Services have reviewed all of these allegations and none has been substantiated.
The .45 caliber pistol used in the shooting was given to him by his father when he was 23, and his father used it during the First World War.
95 year old Okey Payne was arrested for allegedly killing an employee at an assisted living facility pic.twitter.com/h4t2LJqa37
— Deborah Takahara (@debtakahara) February 4, 2021
He is now facing a first-degree murder charge, and he is being held ahead of a court appearance.
Payne shot Medina-Rojas in the head in the facility’s lobby Wednesday morning after questioning him about stealing $200 from his pocket, the arrest affidavit states. Payne then went back to his room and was arrested there by the police.
— Rob Low (@RobLowTV) February 4, 2021